Tillery Skirt and Monroe Turtleneck

Monday, February 24, 2020

I've been on a mission this winter to sew a few basic turtlenecks. You've seen my Paola Turtleneck Tees, and now I bring you the FREE Monroe Turtleneck pattern paired with a Tillery Skirt by Blank Slate patterns. The combination makes for a great handmade winter style, especially in Texas where I can still keep my knees bare.

I purchased the gray and black sweater knit from Fabscrap in NYC during my visit in December. Fabscrap is a unique fabric shop whose aim is to reduce and reuse fabric waste from the fashion industry. I sewed up a straight size 2 in the Monroe Turtleneck which gives a boxy shape with fitted neck and sleeves. This is a must sew FREE pattern! I love how easy it is to wear with jeans and a half tuck. Just search the hashtag to see what I mean.

I confess that I continue to make skirts that look better on people with more of a defined waist, but I still like the result of this Tillery Skirt. I didn't add any length, but I did have to grade out the waist a bit for my rectangular shape. The bias finished waistband and flat felled seams result in the prettiest finishes on the inside. Be sure to check out the fun gingham detail on the inside

I had just enough corduroy left over from this Modkid Sierra Jumper for my tween. The Dritz Heavy Duty Snaps in Antique Brass were easy to install. I opted to skip the front pockets and belt loops, but I love the look both ways. I'd love to know if you have a favorite winter skirt pattern!
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