You love ’em or you hate ’em. And I totes know where I stand- firmly in the dislike camp. Don’t get me wrong- I love me a real flower or two though if push came to shove succulents are where it’s at. So when it comes to fabric, floral and I have have stayed well away from each other except for one cute sundress that I featured in my first ever blog post. But, on a sugar induced fabric binge back in May, I snagged me some crazy pixillated geometric giant rose print cotton sateen. Sounds crazy enough for Amanda to like it? You would be correct! And I have to say after making this skirt up I am besotted with the finished result. Who knew florals could be so dang cool?!
So let’s talk the pattern. I used an old skirt pattern- Burda 8281- that I bought a few years back to provide me with a template for darts to make simple a-line skirts (of which I made four then got grumpy at my lack of polish and subsequently stopped for a few years and drank margaritas). It’s a super simple pattern and one that I feel suits my shape well- it is almost straight with only a tiny bit of flare at the end.
There are two problems I have with this pattern. One: there is nowhere on the packet to indicate what size you are (and I even had a dear friend of mine who is a bit of a swing guru herself check it out and she couldn’t find it). After a bit of a guessing game I got straight into it and it surprised me by fitting perfectly. Two: the waistband was weenie and I didn’t like where the skirt ended on my waist. Cue an widened waistband and it is just the look I am after.
What I loved about this project:
- How quick and simple it was. The whole thing was go to whoa in a couple of hours.
- The fact I didn’t follow the instructions AT ALL. I know it is a super simple skirt but I was so proud of myself having cut everything out and then approaching things in a way that was logical and almost instinctual (weird choice of words I know but bear with me).
- The shape. I feel like this emphasises my waist and flatters my awesome derby thighs.
- The inside finish. I’m not sure if the pattern is meant to be lined (maybe I should have read the instructions) but I did it anyway with a gorgeous soft pink rayon lining I picked up in the States. I have never been able to find rayon lining in Oz so I was super excited with how easy it was to work with (if anyone knows of where to get some, please let me know!) I think the inside looks rather professional and it feels lovely.
- I’m going to take the waist and waist band in an inch. Whilst the photos don’t show it there is a bit of room there and it gapes a little. This may be less obvious with a blouse underneath then t-shirt so I will try that out.
- Nothing else. I am a little bit in love with this project.
After sewing this rad skirt I noticed one small problem- this is the only plain shirt I own! I may have to break my fabric buying embargo to get some plain fabric to make a blouse. I’m thinking white so the pattern on the skirt really pops… Or maybe pink? Any suggestions on colours, fabrics or patterns for an epic blouse would be most appreciated.