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Last month I wrote about my new favorite skirt, the Delphine skirt. I made this skirt using the Delphine pattern from the book “Love at First Stitch” by Tilly Walnes of Tilly and the Buttons.
I loved the way it turned out so much I made a second skirt. Because of my limitations on fabric I had to do a bit of a hack on the second skirt, but it still came out fabulous.
Well, as it so happens I loved my Delphine skirt so much, I decided to make yet a third version on this skirt.
For this new version I decided to make it out of this lovely black floral cotton I had in my stash. I loved the colors and thought a nice cotton skirt would be great for the summer.
After cutting out the pieces for the skirt, I discovered that I had some fabric left that maybe I could make a matching shirt out of. The question was what to make?
I fiddled with all sorts of pattern ideas, but none of them fit the small amount of fabric I had left. I really liked the idea of a matching shirt to go along with the skirt, and was stumped what to do.
Thus, comes my hubby to the rescue. He suggested that I use the leftover fabric for the front of the shirt and find some contrasting fabric for the back. This mixing of fabric patterns is exactly what I did on my #VintagePledge Simplicity 5022 shirt.
As luck would turn out I didn’t have anything in my stash that went well with my black floral, so I ended up get a red tone on tone polka dot cotton quilting fabric from Joann’s. I really liked how the red matched up with the red flowers in my original fabric.
Now that I had the fabric I still needed a shirt pattern. After mulling it over quite a while and looking through the “Love at First Stitch” book, I finally had made a decision. I have been wanting to attempt the Megan dress from the book, but wasn’t quite ready to do so. Then I thought what if I made a Megan shirt instead?
Basically I traced out the Megan Dress pattern, both the top and bottom half as a single piece, eliminating the high waist. Then I cut to just above the hip or so, to create a shirt length. I added the back zipper as directed by the original dress pattern, only using a 12” zipper instead.
This worked out great! Since it is a summer dress I decided to make the shirt sleeveless. I’m really glad I did because by the time I finished the dress the temperature had risen to the upper 100s.
Since the entire back of the shirt was sewn in the red polka dot fabric, I felt I needed to tie it back into the skirt too. To do this I added a contrasting band at the bottom of my skirt.
I absolutely love Delphine skirt & Megan dress hack. It’s both a fun casual set and professional when paired with my red blazer. Plus because it’s made up of separates I can now extend my wardrobe. The skirt can be worn with a black or red shirt. The shirt itself looks great with my denim capris or with a pair of jeans.
Finally to top it all off, I had a bit of red polka dot fabric left, that I went ahead and made the Brigitte Scarf, also from the book “Love at First Stitch” as matching accessory.