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Opposites Attract

You guys have been giving Selene some major love. And in just one short week since launching Selene we have already seen a few (1, 2, 3) popping up in the wild. Here at Colette HQ this versatile skirt has become somewhat of a uniform. I asked some of the ladies to bring their versions in to share. Wallis and Sarai’s skirts are great examples of how different you can make and wear Selene. Check out their versions below!

Sarai’s Selene




What alterations did you make to your Selene to get a custom fit?

I didn’t alter Selene, just sewed it up as is!

What was the inspiration behind your version of Selene?

I really wanted a light-colored, highly textured wool skirt to wear to work. Spring can be a little tricky temperature-wise, and I wanted something to pair with knit tops and silk blouses that would keep me warm, but still feel springlike.

What fabric did you use?

The shell fabric is a basketweave wool that I bought locally in Portland at Mill End. For the lining, I used a lilac colored silk habotai that I’ve had in my stash for years (originally from Denver Fabrics).

How do you plan on wearing your Selene?

I’ve been wearing it with simple black bodysuits, a black wool turtleneck, or light colored silk blouses tucked in. Once it gets a little warmer, I’ll probably be pairing it with some silk camisoles. I think Selene is the right length to work with flats or low heels. I can’t wait to make a warmer-weather version in linen suiting next!

Wallis’ Selene




What alterations did you make to your Selene to get a custom fit?

I sewed up a straight 6 for this Selene, without any alterations, but in the future I would want to shorten the pattern 1-2 inches. I went up one size according to the size chart for personal comfort since I sit for most of the work day. If I decide to use a stretch denim in the future I’ll size down to a 4.

What was the inspiration behind your version of Selene?

Two reasons, I wanted to test the really cool lined lapped zipper technique, but also it’s a cute skirt! I wanted to sew Selene in a fabric that would be wearable year round, and a denim pencil skirt is so versatile!

What fabric did you use?

A thrifted denim for the shell and a peach skin lining with a bicycle print from Girl Charlee.

How do you plan on wearing your Selene?

I’ve been wearing it with a cropped sweater and leggings this winter and for spring I can wear tank tops and strappy sandals. The large notched pockets make this version my favorite – I can easily fit my phone and a lipstick with room to spare.

Don’t forget Selene is 15% off until today at midnight PST, so it’s not too late to add this versatile skirt to your wardrobe at a discount. No promo code needed, just add Selene to your cart and the discount will be applied at check out.

Have you started stitching up your first Selene yet? How do you plan on wearing it?

Stay tuned, on Thursday Anna will be sharing all three (yes, you read that right) of her Selenes!

Haley Glenn

Editorial Director

Five years ago, Haley left the apparel industry to join the world of home sewing. She has been empowering women to sew ever since – first through years of in-person teaching at Sew LA, and now through her writing at Colette. Haley writes tutorials and articles on our blog, teaches sewalongs, and writes and edits for our magazine, Seamwork.



April 19, 2016 #

Love the styling on both versions!


April 19, 2016 #

Love both of the skirts! Sarai, is your shirt a Colette pattern? I absolutely love it and it’s perfect for my style.


April 19, 2016 #

Fascinating to see the same pattern worn by different people in diverse fabrics. Didn’t think the style would suit me (all my skirts are A-line) but you have persuaded me otherwise!


April 20, 2016 #

Love both skirts – the pockets are just so perfect!


April 20, 2016 #

So glad to see these versions. For some reason the pattern didn’t appeal to me at all until I saw these. May have to reconsider.