the jewel-toned juxtaposition

Once fall hit I knew that I needed a fall Mabel (or five). I wanted something neutral enough to go with anything, something that I could wear twice in a week and not get weird looks. While shopping for some fabric for some children’s projects I stumbled on this Ponte de Roma at JoAnn, and knew it was destiny. This charcoal is perfect for all those lovely autumn jewel tones. At first I was worried that All the Colors in this particular outfit would be too much, but I’m digging it. And this cardigan has charcoal polka dots that match the skirt. So, like I said, destiny.


Don’t our pumpkins look great with my colorful fall ensemble? The Pumpkin with the Perfect Stem is mine. Obviously. Stems are a big deal in my pumpkin picking process. I’m not even going to carve mine. I’ll just tie a bow on it and call it good. I’ve finally come to terms with the reality that I hate carving pumpkins. There, I said it. If I’ve offended you, let’s just go back to the jewel tones, okay? (I wish I could insert an audio clip of my two-year-old saying pumpkin. It goes something like, “pon-kon.”)


Perhaps my favorite thing about this particular skirt is the lining. Here, I’ll show you. And for the record, my husband is only one who gets to see down my skirt–unless of course, a coral waistband lining is involved. Then I blog about it. (And doesn’t that leaf shadow just delight you? It does me. I didn’t even plan that. It just happened, because autumn and I have that kind of relationship.)

IMG_7321This knit pencil skirt will certainly make it into the wear-at-least-once-a-week part of closet, and now I may need to find a mustard ponte to make another. Because, jewel tones.

***Specs: This is another Colette Patterns Mabel skirt, sewn up in a small. I used a Ponte de Roma knit that I found at JoAnn. (And then coupons, obviously.) I lengthened it by my usual 7 1/2 inches, and used the paneled variation (version 3). The seams don’t stretch with me like they do on my other Mabels, and I’m wondering if my differential feed settings on my serger were too high. Is that a thing? One of these days I need to time my Mabel sewing from cutting to hemming, because it really is the easiest and most gratifying pattern.

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  1. Posted October 21, 2014 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    Great skirt! Charcoal gray is such a nice wardrobe staple. Good choice!

  2. Posted May 2, 2017 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    Boy am I glad that Jeff passed this along to me. What a tribute to a great man. I have a special affinity for Al’s generosity as I had the pleasure of spending more than a couple Holiday breaks from Gainesville, driving all over south florida with my BFF Bob riding shotgun delivering all sorts of goodies from the Prince to his loyal clients and friends!

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    […] and it’s not unusual for me to wear dresses or skirts when I go on errands. This skirt is my charcoal Mabel, and the sweater is one I bought at the Banana Republic outlet last Christmas. The tights I found […]

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