Shadi Knit black lace skirt

Hello darlings,

When is colder dressing up can be a little more challenging. I long for cosy & comfortable outfits but they tend to look very casual for all the festivities engagements fast approaching. I love the idea of wearing a mix of dressed-up and layback. It creates such interesting contrast and keeps the comfort factor super high.

I mentioned briefly my intention to sew within a coherent theme, creating a mini collection within my handmade wardrobe. The items I make under that theme aren’t necessary to be worn together but have a common starting point: Luxurious, comfortable and unexpected.

The inspiration is to take simple, casual patterns and use luxe materials, add unexpected changes, use different sewing techniques. I haven’t limited myself to how many pieces I’m making with this theme. I will probably will be sewing multiple collections at once. Instead of fixed ideas of what types of clothes I will be making it, I am letting the ideas come to me organically.

The first item from this collection was my Smoking Teddy jacket, now I’m presenting you the second: my Lace Shadi. (Pattern from named) I could have used any other knit skirt but the pattern was on sale and they suit me so well.

The changes were simple: Reduced length, adding a lace panel, side slits.

These oversize Faux Fur jumper/sweater definitely counterbalance the sexy-ness but still looks like a party outfit. I will be wearing it with tights so the balance between flesh and lace will be more subtle but I wanted to show you the lace so you have to deal with the bare legs a bit longer.

The lace is so gorgeous and I was just waiting for the right idea to use it. I wish I had bought the white now and I am scouting the internet. (yes, for a wedding outfit but not for THE dress. I’m buying mine) Would you guys be curious about my experience planing the wedding? I would probably share more next year.
I’m excited about exploration of fabrics and styles. I have kept to my favourite styles and fabrics for  most part of my sewing journey and I enjoyed that safety-net I created but it’s such a nice feeling to be able to let go, even if its for a mini collection. I sew for my lifestyle and having been freed from a lifetime of corporate style I am having a fashion freedom moment. Feeling fierce and enjoy creating a wardrobe that I can wear and enjoy during this phase of my life. 
  • Both sexy and classy! that lace is so gorgeous and now a plain skirt looks sophisticated and high street!! Well I’d say you are party ready!!

  • I cannot believe you are buying your dress! Is there a reason you are willing to share as to why you don’t want to make it, or have it made especially for you? 🙂

    • After scouting three countries for the right material and beadwork I just decided to buy it. I had a terrible experience in the last with party wear made to measure and i just don’t want to have to have an extra worry. Have a peak on my pinterest for the styles I’m loving in.

  • Past not last, predicting text made my English even worst

  • Yes this is a gorgeous outfit! This winter I am sticking to knit skirts and leggings or thermal stockings with long boots, so fed up with trousers at the moment. The way you have used the lace is fantastic, love reading your blog, truly inspirational.

  • Jo

    That is a corker of a skirt. I have just finished a guipure lace top and I am really please with it. Jo x

  • Wow the lace panel is gorgeous. Love the whole outfit.

  • Your skirt is glorious. Love the whole outfit!

  • Two very useful and elegant makes Rachel! Lovely fabric!

  • I love the skirt 🙂 I think with a pair of tights it will look epic for the party season! I’m still a little scared to experiment with lace. Also I think it would be cool of you shared your wedding planning I love hearing peoples different ideas 🙂

  • I like how the skirt came out, comfortable and still very stylist

  • This is such a gorgeous outfit, that skirt is truly beautiful!

  • This is a completely fab outfit. I love the juxtaposition of fabrics and styles. Of course I’d love to hear about your planning, but more I’d love to know what’s happened that you’ve left corporate life!

  • Anonymous

    I stumbled on your blog yesterday and fell in Love, love your ideas and talents.Also I have to ask where did you get that lace.?

    • Hi…I’m got it in a market a while ago, one of those impulse expensive purchase and kept in my stash waiting for the right idea.

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