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Sharing a super cute and nerdy outfit put together with a novelty tee and Simplicity 8019 a 1970's buttondown skirt made in a navy dotted swiss.

Nerds need love and a Buttondown Skirt

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You might have noticed that I’ve been a little MIA in August. The number one reason is that I had a conference to attend in Vancouver Canada. This trip took a lot out of me and then the semester started immediately after getting back. Needless to say, I haven’t been at my sewing machine for almost three weeks 😯

Nerds Need Love

Despite the time away from the sewing machine I did manage to make a few things before I left for my conference. 

Since this was the Association for Computer Machincarey (ACM) Special Interest Group in Computer Graphics (SIGGRAPH) conference I was attending I knew that I would pack my “Nerds need love too” t-shirt. 

Sharing a super cute and nerdy outfit put together with a novelty tee and Simplicity 8019 a 1970's buttondown skirt made in a navy dotted swiss.
This tee and skirt are a perfect pairing

This fun graphic tee was one that my sisters got me several years ago now. The cute kawaii character along with the saying is just so me. I also thought this shirt would go over well at a totally nerdy conference like this one. 

Another Buttondown Skirt

The question now was what would I wear with this shirt. The answer wasn’t hard, I decided to make one of my skirt patterns Simplicity 8019.

I’d made several versions of this 1970’s reproduction buttondown skirt last fall and while I love them all, they are slightly big for me now that I’ve lost weight. Also since they were made in the fall the fabric is rather heavyweight and I wanted something lightweight for summer. 

Sharing a super cute and nerdy outfit put together with a novelty tee and Simplicity 8019 a 1970's buttondown skirt made in a navy dotted swiss.
Hands down this is my favorite version of Simplicity 8019

For this pair, I used a beautiful navy dotted swiss which happens to be the same dotted swiss I used for my Honeycomb shirt earlier this summer. 

The construction of this version of Simplicity 8019 I went down two sizes from my previous pairs and cut the shorter version A, but somehow it still feels a bit long on me. 

I also added pockets to this skirt, as I’ve done with my versions of this skirt. I used some scrap fabric I had from my Columbus Day dress

Sharing a super cute and nerdy outfit put together with a novelty tee and Simplicity 8019 a 1970's buttondown skirt made in a navy dotted swiss.
I love using scrap fabric for fun pockets

A Fun Frilly Set

I’m not really one to wear a t-shirt and a dressy skirt together but in this case, it was a perfect pairing. 

As I thought my t-shirt went over really well at the conference and I got a lot of comments while walking around the expo floor. 

For me, this skirt may be my very favorite version of Simplicity 8019. I think it’s a combination of the fit being perfect and this amazing dotted swiss fabric that is just the right weight for summer through early fall. 

Needless to say, this won’t be the last you’ve seen of Simplicity 8019. 

I’d love to know in the comments below what are your thoughts are on t-shirts and frilly skirts? Is it a good combo or should be left in the 70’s?

Sharing a super cute and nerdy outfit put together with a novelty tee and Simplicity 8019 a 1970's buttondown skirt made in a navy dotted swiss.

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Akram Taghavi-Burris

designer, writer, educator, tech nerd, crafter, baker, sewer and vintage collector, who Brings Creative & Crazy Ides to Life.

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