Read Between the Stripes

Stripes and a mini skirt -- breaking the fashion rules on Making the Flame! Body positive sewing & style.

Here’s another debut for ya! I wore this outfit the day before I found out about getting my current job, but what makes it special is that the CEO of my temp agency stopped by and snapped a photo of me in it. It’s nice to have standard employment, but I must say — I loved my temp agency! They were really great, and my assignments were great.


Anyway, this is the stripe-y top I previewed back in June— and oddly enough, it goes perfectly with the skirt, Lekala Poodle Skirt Pattern #5273. Isn’t it funny when garments you make individually work together so well? I think the length of the top does wonderful things for those of us who are short-torsoed, and the flare of the circle skirt extending from the lower point on the body visually minimizes the hips. It’s a dropped waist look for pear shaped ladies!

A li’l bit of attitude.

In case you couldn’t tell, I really enjoyed doing this photo shoot! I’m not quite as sophisticated as the sewing bloggers who do on-location shots; without a steady photographer and the chutzpah to pose in front of a tripod in public, on-location is outside my reach. But I do try to give good poses, even if my backdrop is the inside of my house — and for this shoot, the posing was fun and relaxed.


This outfit also has the distinction of being completely me-made. I wear my makes almost daily, but it’s less common that I’m in head-to-toe me-made clothes. Before I began sewing, my goal was to sew my entire wardrobe, and wear only those things I’d made. When I wear all my own makes, I feel I’m closer to that goal! One day. :)

So dramatic!

Top: McCall’s M6078 (my TNT)

Skirt: Lekala Poodle Skirt Pattern #5273

Earrings: So Good

Bracelet: thrifted, perhaps from Oona’s

Shoes: Payless


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  1. Your skirt is so pretty and the colour suits you.
    I’d never heard of Lekala Patterns before now, it’s a great site.
    Thank you for the information.

    1. Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy exploring Lekala patterns — once you get your sizing right with them, their pattern library is limitless in the things you can make.

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