DIY Perfectly structured cropped top and pleated skirt

DIY Perfectly structured cropped top and pleated skirt
It’s evident by now I’m in love with structured fabric which gives a more polished appearance to most looks.  For those of us who purchase 99% of our fabric online, we depend heavily on the fabric description and content to guide our selection process.  When I’m looking for a fail safe structured fabric, I go straight to the coating section.  Medium to heavy coating fabrics are perfect for achieving structured looks in tops, skirts and dresses without the need to add layers of interfacing.  This fabric was purchased here at, it’s a Marc Jacobs coating fabric in the perfect shade of olive green.

The top was made using Vogue V8840 with the following pattern alterations:
-Removed the middle front seam and added a vertical seam with top stitching
-Added 1″ to the height of the neck
-Added top stitching to the hem
-Added a 9″ invisible zipper to the back neck

The skirt was made using Butterick B5285 with the following pattern alterations:
-Added a box pleat in the front and back
-Added 1/2″ to the width of the waist band

Boots-Michael Kors
Bag- Cleo & Patek

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  1. March 11, 2015 / 1:06 pm

    Beautiful attire, and I love your modifications!

  2. March 11, 2015 / 2:37 pm

    A great outfit on you! I love the crop top with the high-waisted skirt. The top-stitching really adds to it. I will look at coating fabrics with fresh eyes:)

  3. March 11, 2015 / 2:49 pm

    Absolutely refreshing how you can take something that might be considered a fabric for fall, and make it for spring. And the color is completely flatting. Paired with boots too!

    • March 13, 2015 / 7:38 pm

      Thank you Mary Beth

  4. March 12, 2015 / 10:15 am

    Gorgeous – I adore the warmth of the colour, and I'm loving these structured garments!

  5. March 12, 2015 / 1:57 pm

    Lovely! Will you be wearing this in the warmer months? If so, how cool will this fabric be. It gets really HOT in Tennessee. Will you consider doing video tutorials? Kellie

    • March 13, 2015 / 7:37 pm

      It will be a bit too warm for summer but perfect for spring. I do have tutorials coming…..slowly lol

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  7. March 13, 2015 / 6:31 pm

    I love it! Such great details and the color is so beautiful!

  8. March 16, 2015 / 10:23 pm

    Hi Nikki,just found your blog from burdastyle, love your style and pretty much all your makes especially the yellow coat is FABULOUS ! you're luckyto have access at moods fabrics every now end than I like to lurk them on the Internet but unfortunately the shipping cost to Greece makes them unaffordable to me.

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