Katie's second make for WhiteTree fabrics is a wonderful two piece set made from our Black lawn embroidery fabric that we absolutely love! You might be forgiven for thinking that this material is for Summer only and certainly, the white colourway is perfect for sunnier weather. However, the black colourway lends itself perfectly to Autumn and Winter garments, with the help of some lining.
Over to Katie.
Is it a dress?
No, it’s a two-piece-set-acular! Instagram convinced me to give this route a go for a change from frocks, along with the ever-inspiring Sophie whose two-piece makes have been especially stunning. This is also my second White Tree Fabrics make, and I used their cotton broderie lawn (check out Sam’s frilled blazer made with the same stuff) and power mesh. Both of these fabrics are tip-top quality and brilliant to work with, so it was a real joy to put together this little ensemble which had been buzzing round in my head for a while.
The top is a Grainline Scout tee, the only tweak being the hem shortened and straightened off so I could lay it along the fabric’s scalloped selvedge. Due to the pattern’s cut, it still gets that pleasing dipped-hem effect because the top tilts to the back a little. This is a new length for me – I tend to go longish with tops – but I actually love it. It sits just on the waistband of most of my jeans and happily tucks into higher waisted things, making it nice and versatile. The lawn weight cotton teamed with the slightly oversize shape is really light and comfy to wear.
The eyelets in the broderie are pretty small so there isn’t much peekaboo-factor: I opted to just underline around the bust with the power mesh for a bit of extra coverage in that area. (This is very similar to the stuff I lined my Anna and Centauree in, and White Tree has it in a load of colours.) It’s French seamed throughout and the neckline is finished with narrow bias binding, very tidily if I say so myself. I’ve been reaching for this top over and over since I finished it; black is so easy to wear.
Here’s the skirt on its own, as I wore it for a family lunch at the weekend (with a RTW Topshop top that I couldn’t resist). I’ve been hankering after trying this sheer hem strip thing ever since seeing Fiona’s organza addition to her Anna-lotte.
To retain the scalloped edge I cut the edge off in a 3″ wide strip and and sandwiched it back together with a strip of power mesh, using the overlocker so as to neatly finish the seam in one swoop.
It’s self-drafted, by which I mean it’s literally just a wide tapered rectangle gathered into an elastic waistband. I used this fab plush-backed wide elastic for the waistband. New favourite thing alert! It’s so comfy to wear and easy to install – I just cut a length to my waist measurement and topstitched it to the overlocked skirt edge, pulling the elastic taut to gather it as I did so. I’m keen to try the same stuff on a pair of slouchy pants soon. The skirt’s also fully lined with another layer of power mesh for coverage.
To be honest I’m not sure I’ll ever wear them together like this as I find all-over black a bit draining on me, but they do work! I generally find it much easier to plan and sew dresses, since I’m usually more inspired by dress silhouettes than skirts and tops. I feel a bit like I tricked myself into sewing separates here by thinking of them as a single project and considering how they’d work both together and separately. The upshot is I have two brilliant new wardrobe basics that are still a bit special.
Shop for the fabrics below:
Black Lawn Embroidery ► here
Power Mesh Lining ► here