So. I decided not to buy yet more fabric. Not least because my whole rationale for *not* buying the skirt in White Stuff which was my inspiration was that I could’ve made it for cheaper.
Just for reference, the inspiration was this (but in different fabrics!).
I had several suggestions on Twitter and Facebook for ways to fix the hole in the front of my version. My favourite was “market the idea to Ann Summers” which, at one point, looked like the most viable solution! But in the end, I cut a panel from the ‘other skirt’ fabric, and inserted it all the way down the front. It is assymetrical – the inner edge is parallel to the centre front, which is a plumb line down my body; the outer edge is parallel to the side seam, which is A-line-angled. I’m sure there’s a better word for that.
I wanted to put some of the grey fabric back on top, to disguise something of the harshness of the colour block effect. It’s not, after all, the most sophisticated technique. I experimented with a bird shape, but it was too complicated to see, what with all the birds on the fabric. Then I tried a dragonfly, but it just looked a bit odd. So I stuck to a heart-shaped patch pocket, which is double sided, edge stitched and just top stitched into place, at a slight angle.
Anyway, here’s the inner skirt. With the applique which caused all the trouble! The hem of the outer skirt is faced, and that’s what you can see below the hem of the inner skirt…
The outer skirt has something of a colour block effect going on. Have I mentioned it?
And (left) the fit from the other side. I must do something about my psoriasis!
The thing I was most worried about going wrong – before I started hacking applique out of my scant fabric, was the button placket. This had to be reversible, too, and I wanted the contrast fabric to peek through. I bought some standard buttons, but Mr P was worried they’d be uncomfortable on whichever skirt is on the inside, so I dug out some old beads which would do. If you look *closely* you can see the centre bead has a dragonfly on it. I knew I’d get one on there, somehow!!
I made little frogs for the button closures. And there you go! One rather well padded tummy, and one two-in-one skirt.