Top: Lulu*s c/o | Skirt: me (tutorial below) similar style here and here | Shoes: Lulu*s c/o (similar) | Clutch: Nordstrom (sold out, but similar here and here) | Necklace: Gorjana Griffin c/o | Earrings: Baublebar via Nordstrom | Watch: Arvo c/o (similar) | Bracelets: Gorjana Griffin c/o, Nordstrom | Rings: Gorjana Griffin here, here, and here c/o

You can never go wrong with black and white.  It is huge right now, and a trend that really never goes out of style.  I knew I wanted to make something for one of my looks at Fashion Week, and I wasn't sure what I was going to make until about 3 days before I left (last minute...always when I think the best.  But maybe because I'm actually forced to..)  I picked up this black and white fabric at the LA fabric district a while back.  While researching the latest black and white trends, I knew I needed to put this print to good use.

I went with a simple midi skirt silhouette, and paired it with a leather top for some added texture.  Some statement earrings, a pop of color, and I was set.  I knew this was the look I wanted to wear during my AOL Build interview, so it was my first look of the trip.  And as promised yesterday, this look comes with a tutorial.

Shop my look below:

Click below for the tutorial...


Step 1:
Cut 2 rectangles for your skirt sections.  Measure your natural waist, divide it by 2, and then multiply that number by 3 to get the width (add 1” to allow for ½” seam allowance per side).  Then determine how long you want the skirt to be and add 2” for seam allowance (1/2” for the top, 1 ½” for the hem).  My skirt pieces measured 42”W  x 29”L.

Step 2:
Place a pin in the center of the top width, and create 3 knife pleats on either side of the center that each point toward the center pin.  I wasn’t super exact, but tried to eyeball each pleat to be about the same width.  You will want the width to measure half of your waist measurement plus 1” s.a .when the pleats are complete.  Make sure to leave ½” per side for the s.a.  Repeat with back skirt section.  
Tip: It helps to have a measurement tape laid above as you create the pleats to give you a reference as to how thick to make the pleats in order to get the correct total width.  

Step 3:
Carefully press the pleats into place and do a quick stitch ¼” from the top to secure the pleats.  (this makes things a lot easier when attaching the waistband)

Step 4:
Fold the width of the waistband under about ½”, press, and then apply the interfacing directly about the fold (see photo).  Fold the other side over ½’ inch and press.  Fold the top and bottom ends under ½” as well.  Then fold in half length-wise and press.  All of your seam allowances should now be hidden inside the fold.

Step 5:
Place the front and back skirt sections right-side together and stitch up all the way on one side with 3/4” s.a.  Insert your invisible zipper on the other side (match the selvage at the top of the zipper with the top of the fabric).

Step 6:
Stitch up one short side of the waistband, and sandwich the top of the skirt in between the waistband so that about ½” of the top of the skirt is covered (make sure that the stitching along the top is up inside of the waistband).  Line up the stitched side with one of the open zipper sides.  Pin all the way around and stitch as close to the bottom edge of the waistband as you can.  You will have an extra inch or so on the waistband.  

Step 7:
Fold the edge under and hand stitch a large hook and eye for the closure. 

Step 8:
Serge or zigzag stitch all along the bottom to finish off the raw edges, and press under 1 ½” for the hem.  Stitch around the hem. 

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