the confidence get-up

I just got a new job at church. And when I say job I mean assignment. So in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the entire organization is a lay clergy. Every job from the nursery leader to the bishop (the equivalent of a pastor) is volunteer. And I just got asked to move from my secretary assignment to a teaching assignment. My class: 13-year-olds. Oy. And I don’t say that in a derogatory, anti-teen way; I say that in a teens-freak-me-out way. And teens who are 13-year -old boys? Goodness. I’ve taught only one Sunday and feel like I exude dork.

I do need to clarify that these kids are awesome and are really nice to me. But I’m afraid that some day soon, they’ll realize that I’m actually a little bit of a nerd: In my world big parties are death, books are friends, fabric is crack, and punctuation is gospel. Pretty much that’s a recipe for 13-year-old derision, right?

So for my first day as an official, in-charge Sunday School teacher, I made a killer outfit. Or at least, thought it was killer. The 13-year-olds made no comment either way, so I’ll take that as a win.

IMG_7258{As sweet as my husband is to take these photos for me, he didn’t capture one from head to toe. And that’s a shame, because I had killer heels on. By the time I realized that not one picture included my feet, our toddler had entered the seventh ring of meltdown, and we had to call it. So. Just picture the sexiest, church-friendly black patent leather stilettos you can. OK? OK.}

The skirt is yet another Mabel, the paneled version 3 sewn up in an aqua ponte. The top is actually a Moneta bodice with a self-drafted high-low peplum. I could wear this top for days–days.


First off, this twirls. And second, it was so easy to draft. I followed Devon’s tutorial on Miss Make, and it all came together flawlessly.

IMG_7268{Oh if only you could see my shoes!!}

I felt like a Sunday School rock star in this top and skirt, and hope that it can inspire me to be both the teacher boss and the teacher friend. Because you see, teenagers need both. If they don’t like you at least a little bit, you’re toast.


The top turned out a little big everywhere, and I’m thinking that more stable knit makes for more ease than the more stretchy jerseys I’ve used for my Monetas. I could have sewn this up in a small for a better fit, but I’m not complaining. I am just really in love with it. I wore it with jeans the other day and loved it just as much as with a pencil skirt.

Oh peplum, infuse me with teacher confidence! (Is it blasphemous to pray to a peplum? Probably.) But really, maybe I should wear only peplums on Sundays from now until teenagers don’t scare me. So, forever.

***Specs: The skirt is a Colette Patterns Mabel skirt, version 3. I lengthened it by 7 1/2 inches and made it up in a small instead of a medium. This made a huge difference in the fit from my other Mabels. I really wish I had a better picture of this skirt. The top is a Colette Patterns Moneta bodice made of a light ponte. I used the tutorial found on Miss Make for the high-low peplum, and followed it to the letter (including lengthening the bodice by 1 1/2 inches). It wasn’t complicated at all, and was actually highly gratifying. Like I said, this top is on my list of favorite-ever garments. Think it might have magical teenager-teaching properties?

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  1. Becca
    Posted September 25, 2014 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    Charlotte, that get-up is fantastic! You are so inspiring!

  2. Krista
    Posted September 25, 2014 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    LOVE the top! I may need to make myself one!

  3. Posted September 25, 2014 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    OH MY GOSH! this is so awesome!! clearly your peplum prayers were answered. i’m glad the tutorial worked for you. also now i really want to make another one that has longer sleeves like yours. so cute!

  4. Sonia
    Posted September 25, 2014 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    You are so awesome. I have to say I love the top, too.
    On another topic, sort of — can I pay you to make something for my daughter? It’s something that I bit off that is too big for me – literally. I’m talking nuts spilling out of chipmunk cheeks.

    • Sonia
      Posted September 25, 2014 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

      PS, don’t feel bad about saying no.

  5. Denise, a.k.a.Mom
    Posted September 25, 2014 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    I absolutely LOVE this! You are a rockin’ Sunday School teacher–and those kids are crazy if they don’t realize how cool you really are.

  6. Posted September 25, 2014 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    SUCH an adorable top! Makes me want to sew/buy a peplum top! Good luck with your class. You’ll do great.

  7. Arianne
    Posted October 2, 2014 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    You crack me up – LOVE IT! And I totally noticed it at church and thought the whole ensemble was to die for- you were smokin’.

  8. Posted July 21, 2017 at 2:16 am | Permalink

    Congratulations all of you – amazing result and hope you’re as happy to be on dry land as all your supporters are to have you safely back……raising a glass to you all in Lenzerheide….see you on return….fantastic effort….enjoy your well earned rest!! Sleep well

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