Meet my new favorite summer outfit. This is the mash up of 2 patterns, the Sandbridge Skirt and the Bryce Cargos. I’m calling it the Sandbryce Skirt. I’ve been on a hunt for a good cargo skirt pattern, and finally decided to take matters into my own hands. I ended up with a skirt I’m going to be making again ASAP so this one can get some rest. Or at least not worn 3 times per week!
Earlier in the year, Emily shared a tutorial over at Hey June Handmade on how to mash these two patterns but she did it the exact opposite of me! So it’s not copying at all, is it? She used the Sandbridge Skirt on top and the Bryce Cargo pants on bottom to make herself a pair of jeans.
To create my Sandbryce Skirt, I laid out the pattern pieces for the Bryce Cargo pants first. Then on top of them I overlaid the Sandbridge Skirt pattern pieces. I lined them up the best I could. On the front pieces, I matched up the zip fly parts.
For the back pieces, I matched the hip curves for the outseam. Then I folded in the crotch triangles for the pants pattern on front and back. As you can see on the front, the Sandbridge Skirt pattern piece is wider than the Bryce Cargo piece (on top of it.) Because I was using stretch twill, I eventually decided just to go with the side seam of the Bryce Cargos so as not to mess up the pocket, and angled in from the hem to that point.
As far as instructions went, I basically followed the Bryce Cargo steps, except where obviously I needed to follow the Sandbridge Skirt steps. It worked out great! The only change I might make next time is to take in the center back a little more at the top.
I made this Sandbryce Skirt knee length, just by measuring how long I needed it, and continuing the lines of the skirt down that far at the same angles.
You can see the insides of this skirt are very professionally finished, per the pattern instructions (on both patterns!)
Adding all the hardware (snaps) was a learning experience for me, but totally worth it! Like I mentioned in my Denim Week series, the hardware is one of the things that makes a skirt look professional and not “homemade.”
This fabric is stretch twill from JoAnn Fabrics in a color called Clay. It is amazingly good quality, and very, very comfortable! In fact, I’ve already picked up some in this khaki to make myself another Sandbryce Skirt. And I really want to get it in this olive green color except my local store doesn’t have it right now. (The price of this stretch twill online right now is ridiculously cheap!!!)
Of course I had to make myself a new shirt to go with my new skirt. I made myself the Santa Fe top using the most beautiful rayon spandex jersey from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. It’s currently sold out, but they have a beautiful selection of other rayon spandex jersey fabric.
This is seriously my favorite outfit to wear, and I think Mr. Skirt Fixation likes it a little bit too!
Have you ever mashed up two patterns and ended up with an end result that was better (if possible!) than either of the patterns to begin with? That’s the beauty of sewing your own clothes…you can make EXACTLY what you love every time!
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