Pink Pendrell and Zebra print Kasia

Pink Pendrell and Zebra print Kasia Pink Pendrell and Zebra print Kasia

The sun is shining today so I can take some pictures of my recent sewing. Here’s another combo of  Kasia and Pendrell that I finished a couple of days ago. When I made this Kasia skirt for me, I wasn’t quite sure if I would be wearing it often. Turned out that the skirt has become one of my wardrobe staples that I reached often. I decided that it  is time for another Kasia!

As before, I printed the pattern at 92% and used size 38. I love this method -instead of merely shortening the hem- because it makes the shape and details of the skirt more proportional to my petite body. And with this particular pattern, no fitting alteration is needed for my body!

Pendrell + Kasia

I did make several design alterations though:

  • Omitted the flap and pockets and kept the gathered side yoke for decorational purpose only.
  • Changed the slits to back vent, using this helpful tutorial at A Fashionable Stitch. I really recommend this alteration as it makes the skirt looks better in my opinion.
  • Shortened the hem to above my knee.
  • Narrowed the hem by 2 cm on either side.
  • Used invisible zipper on center back.Zebra print Kasia
  • Added Rigilene boning to the waistband facing. I didn’t use any interfacing because the fabric is stiff enough.

Zebra print Kasia

Hot pink Pendrell Blouse Zebra print Kasia

For the fabric, I was offered by Lisa from OnlineFabricStore to try out their animal print microsuede fabric. I got a $30 gift certificate for shopping and ended up choosing the microsuede in zebra pattern. The caption says ‘White Giraffe Microsuede’, although I’m quite sure that this is a zebra pattern.

Hot pink Pendrell Blouse
Pendrell blouse

The microsuede is actually home decor weight. As suggested in the fabric description, I pre-washed it in cold water and it indeed became suppler. I didn’t encounter any particular difficulties sewing the fabric using needle #14, the one I usually use for sewing bags or other thicker fabrics. No topstitching though because I didn’t like the way it ‘cut’ into the soft surface of the fabric.

The skirt definitely need lining because the wrong side of the microsuede is not as soft as the right side, I used blue rayon lining from my stash. The waistband facing and hem are finished with light blue seam binding. I love how the inside of the skirt is so bright and colorful!

The Pendrell Blouse is made with hot pink stretch charmeuse from the same store. I just love this pattern and it is so perfect paired with pencil skirt! The fabric has a bit of stretch in it so it is easier to put on and off. I used the matte side on the outside, which makes the shiny side against my body and it feels so comfortable.

Yesterday’s snow was exciting but I’m now really craving for Spring to come!

Zebra print Kasia Zebra print Kasia

Pink Pendrell and Zebra print Kasia Pink Pendrell and Zebra print Kasia

PS: Sidra has got a cold today so he stayed at home and ‘helped’ me with the photos.

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Skirt pattern is Kasia, free PDF pattern by Burdastyle, size 38 shrunk by 92%. Fabric is microsuede in zebra pattern (100% polyester).
Blouses pattern is Pendrell Blouse by Sewaholic, size 2. 
Fabric is hot pink stretch charmeuse (97% Polyester, 3% Spandex).

  • http://theperfectnose.wordpress.com theperfectnose

    Love it! The colours really pop and they suit you so well. Also love the idea for sizing down on the pdf before printing. That’s really clever!

  • http://designrefinebemine.blogspot.com Rachel

    I love the fun colors. The cut of the skirt though is my fav. Very nice.

  • A

    hey novita! I loved this outfit. could you tell me how you reduced your pattern to 92%?

    • verypurpleperson

      I opened the PDF and went to the print menu, there’s an option to set the scale.

  • http://poppykettle.blogspot.com poppykettle

    Holy Moly does this outfit pack a one two PUNCH!
    I LOVE it!! The hot pink is stunning on you and I’ve always had a soft spot for animal print. Kick-ass coloured lining too.
    Awesomeness.

  • http://sophiasews.blogspot.com/ Sophia

    The quality of your sewing never ceases to amaze me. These pieces are perfection!

    I love the combo of pink and zebra print, especially since I just finished my Minoru with the exact same combo. Just wearing it makes you happier, right :)

    • verypurpleperson

      I just saw your jacket, it is fabulous!
      Now that I think of it, zebra print and pink seem to naturally go together :D

  • http://www.lucieslondon.blogspot.com Lucie

    AMAAAAAAZING!!!

  • http://makingitwell.blogspot.com Jo

    Oh my goodness- I love this! You have such great sewing skills :) I want to make the Pendrell but I don’t have any fabric for it yet! I’m thinking charmeuse might be too hard for me as a beginner. But.. I really want one after seeing yours!

  • http://makingitwell.blogspot.com Jo

    Oh my goodness- love this, you have such great sewing skills :) I want to make the Pendrell but I don’t have any fabric for it yet! I’m thinking charmeuse might be too hard for me as a beginner. But.. I really want one after seeing yours!

  • http://www.velvetribbonsewingblog.blogspot.com velvet

    Wow! This is beautiful, I love your Pendrell very much. I can not stop looking at it:) And your Kasia looks good on you. Well done!

  • http://mainelydadswintercoat.blogspot.com Mainelydad

    Totally adorable! Looks fabulous on you. I have never put in a zipper, so I’m in complete awe of your talent!

    • verypurpleperson

      Thank you! I’m sure you will have no trouble installing zipper! This skirt uses invisible zipper though, and -with the right sewing foot- it is much much easier sewing it than ordinary zipper :)

  • http://www.forgottenfancies.blogspot.com Forgotten Fancies

    It looks amazing! You are so neat with your sewing. I love how the inside of the skirt is this bring aqua colour.

  • http://gingermakes.wordpress.com Ginger

    This outfit is so flippin’ cute! The skirt is to die for, and it looks amazing paired with the hot pink blouse! Yay!

  • http://honey-honeysweety.blogspot.com/ honeysweety

    so cute :)

  • http://sassytsews.blogspot.com Sassy T

    I absolutely love the zebra skirt. Very inspiring.

  • http://www.agoodwardrobe.com Lizz

    Lovely outfit! I really love the skirt – you did such a wonderful job matching the stripes on the back seam.

    • verypurpleperson

      Thank you! Actually I didn’t try to match the stripes! I cut the fabric on fold and it turned out that way :)

  • http://www.sewmelove.com Neeno

    I LOVE THIS OUTFIT! Wow!
    I love hot pink and animal print! WOW I can’t stop looking at your photos, absolutely gorgeous!!!! I have been admiring the pengrell blouse for some time now, but I don’t think I have the skills to sew it up yet. The skirt is gorgeous, I might try and make it and print it the way that you have because I have no idea how to print out patterns online.

    • verypurpleperson

      Glad that you like it!
      I think you should try the Pendrell, it is a great pattern and perfect for beginners. The instructions are very clear :)

  • http://meli88a.blogspot.com meli88a

    These pieces are great and even better together! I love the colors and cut, particularly the sleeves on the shirt. They are demure but interesting at the same time.

    • verypurpleperson

      Yes I think the sleeves in this color kinda look like flower petals or something. Thank you!

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