A Twist on Stripes

This skirt is heavily influenced by one from the Marc Jacobs fall collection.  You’ve seen it.  Everyone seems to be blogging about it.  When I saw the photo, I went to my fabric collection to find something that can create a reasonable facsimile of it.   I found this silk organza and bottom weight cotton that will do nicely.  Actually, I found several combinations that would work, and I may indeed make another.  I wanted it to be summery, to wear right now. 

 When I do knockoffs, I tend to take a look at a garment or a photo, then it kind of morphs in my head into something either slightly or radically different.  After I completed the project, I checked the photo of the MJ skirt, I realized that the MJ stripes are different widths.  It looks to me like the sheer stripes on the original are tulle.  I will try to get to a fancy store to get a look at the skirt, but since it seems to be turning into the must-have item for fall, it will probably not be on display on the sales floor.  It may take all of my sucking-up skills for me to get the salesperson to fetch one from the back so I can see it.

I stitched the stripes together, finished the seams, and topstitched.  The weight of 3 rows of stitching combined with the stiffness of the silk organza gives this skirt a nice bell shape.  It has a zipper hidden in the pocket.  I did not hem it because I wanted the bottom organza stripe to remain as sheer as possible.  The pattern is from Burdastyle 9/09.  I used it to make a skirt last year, as well:  https://couturearts.wordpress.com/2009/09/22/white-linen-overload/.  Actually, I thought to use this pattern while I was wearing the white skirt and sewing together the fabric to make stripes.

Here is the link to the original: http://www.style.com/fashionshows/complete/slideshow/F2010RTW-MJACOBS?event=show2062&designer=design_house57&trend=&iphoto=19

Back View

Here it is on my light box so you can see the sheerness of the organza


  1. Posted August 7, 2010 at 10:27 am | Permalink | Reply

    Actually, I like your interpretation better than the original, at least in photos. I haven’t seen the original either and my sucking-up skills or ability to get to the stores are both sadly out of practice. Perhaps, as sometimes happens, seeing the actual garment will give a different idea than seeing the image of the garment. In the meantime you have a fabulous summer skirt, which should be must-have item for right now.

  2. Posted August 7, 2010 at 10:30 am | Permalink | Reply

    Stunning! I love it!

  3. Posted August 7, 2010 at 11:28 am | Permalink | Reply

    Fabulous as usual.

  4. Miriam
    Posted August 7, 2010 at 11:53 am | Permalink | Reply

    Very inspiring idea and wonderful execution! Thanks so much for this post.

  5. Posted August 7, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I agree that yours is much prettier than the original! You always blow me away with your interpretations of designer clothing. I think I may have to knock you off here!

    • Posted August 7, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Please do. I would love to see what you come up with.

  6. Posted August 7, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Just beautiful. Your creations always inspire!

  7. Posted August 7, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Permalink | Reply

    It’s gorgeous. I even like yours better than the one showing in the picture. And that colour is beautiful, perfect for summer!

  8. Posted August 7, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I love your skirt. So cool. I love the silk organza stripes. Your light box is pretty cool too. 😉

  9. Posted August 7, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Permalink | Reply

    It looks really great! The organza gives a nice effect, and being a full skirt it helps to make it stand out!

  10. Posted August 7, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Don’t you love when you can see a garment you love and then make your own version! You version looks fantastic.

  11. Posted August 7, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Permalink | Reply

    How cute! I love the colors that you’ve used… very nice skirt!!

  12. Posted August 9, 2010 at 7:10 am | Permalink | Reply

    Fantastic skirt. Totally love the color and fabric combination. What a great design!

  13. Posted August 10, 2010 at 10:56 am | Permalink | Reply

    Gorgeous as usual! Did you line it or do the stripes start low enough that it is not obscene? Would love to see the inside!

    • Posted August 10, 2010 at 11:15 am | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks! The stripes start low enough that it is not obscene. There is no lining, so when I wear it, you can see my legs through the sheer stripes. I wore it the other day, and definitely felt covered enough.

  14. Posted August 10, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Permalink | Reply

    What fun! I like your version much more than the MJ; I don’t think the wrap and buckle on his do anything but detract from the essential pleasing design. Love your color choices, too — I can see this working in many different combinations.

  15. Carol
    Posted August 18, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Permalink | Reply


  16. Posted September 4, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Permalink | Reply

    After seeing this in person, I have to tell you that this is even more stunning in person than in the pictures!

  17. Posted September 5, 2010 at 6:16 am | Permalink | Reply

    I love it! Gorgeous skirt. I might have to copy it 🙂

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