Friday, August 10, 2012


So, I saw this lovely fabric and bought a couple of yards to make another gorgeous blue cotton fabric skirt.  But first - take a look at the pattern piece.  Yep, all the markings are there, but no pattern lines . . . . . . . Doh!
And this fabulous fabric . . . . reminds my hubby of cabbages, so this is now my cabbage skirt sigh
Here I am on the deck, posing madly - had to chop my head off as it was out of focus.  Apparently posing needs to be done mostly stationary . . . .
But I soon got into the swing of things!
And if the pattern works for one skirt, why not make another.  Well thank-you.  Don't mind if I do.
And continue posing for all that you are worth!
I do love this fabric, it reminds me of a watercolor painting.
So, what is the skinny on the skirt?  I used Simplicity 4233, and changed the yoke from being a fitted one to being a straightforward rectangle that was elasticated at the top.  I measured the bottom of the curve, laid it out on a straight line and then added the depth.  I did make up a 'down and dirty' muslin of the yoke, both the shaped version and my new one.  Although they both fitted well, I went for the lazy version :o) 

My only other change was to incorporate my 'usual' finishes.  I lined the skirt with cotton broadcloth (a very fine version) in white, and trimmed the lining/underskirt with a narrow lace.  After sewing the pieces together to make two skirts, I joined them together at the waist, pressed and folded wrong sides together and sewed the casing for the elastic.  Oh, I entered another inch to the hem, and I think that this may be my perfect length.

I found this to be a cute, quick and easy pattern that will become a favorite.  Great for beginners, and also for more experienced seamstresses who would like to run up a skirt without having to invest too much time.  Next time I will baste the pleats along the fold lines where they join, sew on the yoke and then pull out the basting stitches.  The reason for this is that my pleats don't exactly meet at the yoke, despite basting them horizontally :o(

I am also rather please with my 'cardigan'.  I went hunting for an appropriately colored one in the Bay at lunchtime earlier in the week.  I could not find one, but saw this t-shirt in the perfect color.  I decided to take a chance (it was reduced from a ridiculously high amount to $16.99 with another 30% off!) and home it came with me.  A quick slash down the front and some Stitch Witchery later . . . ta-da!

I may have to sew the front seam at a later date, but it certainly worked for work today.  I received more compliments than I have in a long time, so I am rather pleased.

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