Simplicity skirt and shirt copycat outfit

My latest outfit was inspired by an outfit that I purchased from a company called Sheike clothing. I had purchased this outfit and wore it to work, on weekends, to day events and also as separate pieces with different tops or bottoms. It was such a gorgeous and versatile outfit that I wanted to recreate it.

Sewing Pattern Information

Description: Button front blouse with notched collar with a front and back pleated yoke as well as a maxi skirt with a buttoned front, slash pockets & soft pleats.
Pattern: Simplicity 9857 (vintage) and Simplicity 9267
Fabric: Linen fabric by Tessuti Fabrics

What did you like about this pattern?

I purchased this Italian inspired fabric from Tessuti Fabrics with this pattern in mind and was able to match it closely by colour blocking the top with a white panel. Both the skirt and the shirt are a relaxed, baggy-fit style, which makes it really comfortable to wear. Both sewing patterns are also very beginner level, so they were really quick and easy to make with clear step-by-step instructions.

I ended up purchasing the gold detailed buttons from Amazon in bulk because I’m finding buttons to be too expensive to purchase in the craft stores, such as Spotlight. Lincraft still sells buttons individually but these style buttons were anywhere from $4 – $10 each, which just makes this unaffordable by the time you purchase over 16 of them. I purchased a pack of 40 buttons for around $20 in all different sizes. So this worked out to be about $2 a button but for a very unique and intricate design.

Did you make any pattern alterations?

Both the skirt and the shirt were cut straight from the pattern without having to make any fitting or pattern alterations. Also, given this is a fairly baggy, relaxed style outfit the fit was already allowing enough ease. I did however crop the shirt so it was only about 3/4 the length of the original pattern. I did this because I wanted to recreate the same style shown on the Sheike outfit where I could just tuck the shirt into the top of the skirt. This worked really well and I was really happy with the outcome.

Would you recommend this pattern?

I really loved the free-flowing fit of both the skirt and top in this sewing pattern. It’s a very relaxed but pretty style of outfit that you can either dress up or dress down for casual wear. There are also lots of different ways your can style the fabric choices for this outfit. I highly recommend to anyone else who has this pattern or thinking of marking or purchasing it. However, I did notice that the top was no longer in print, so you may need to source this second hand.

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