So, you remember I had a pile of fabric to work through, and needed some patterns? I wrote about it in the Washi Dress post.
Yesterday, Josh and I happened to find ourselves in Witney. Almost entirely by accident…. almost. And I happened to stumble into the fabric shop. Almost entirely by accident. Which inevitably led to a bit more fabric – a wool mix (or at least, I thought it was a lightweight wool. More on that later) for the Zinnia skirt pattern, and a heavyweight striped linen for the jacket I might need for a thing.
I bought the Zinnia pattern because it looked flexible, quick to make and easy to wear. It was indeed quick to make – I can see myself making it again and again.
I made version 2 – the one with little pleats. I did a very quick and dirty voile, and knew that it would fit me straight off the pattern. No need for alterations, which is always a bonus, so I traced it off and began sewing. As you can see, Freya didn’t take these photos – they’re all selfies. Please excuse the unmade bed in the background. Housekeeping is not my forte!
The fabric I chose is soft and swishy, but not terribly drapey. So it became obvious that if I left the pleats as designed all they would do would be to considerably enhance my childbearing hips. And nobody wants to look like Kirsty Allsop, right?! So I extended the pleats from the 2″ affair drawn on the pattern to 8″. The pleats are edge-stitched down, so there’s quite a flare from the bottom of them. I was a little nervous this would mess with the fit, but actually it worked really well.
My other small, niggly criticism with this pattern is the belt loops. As written, they’re a real fiddle – they require you to sew and turn through a tube of fabric not much wider than 3/8″. Hideous. Instead, I pressed the seam allowances in to the middle, folded the fabric strip in half and pressed again, and edgestitched down the open edge. Much simpler to make. Next time, I’ll make the strip a little longer, so that the individual loops can be a tad bit bigger, and sew them into the bottom of the waistband, so that only the top edge needs top stitching down – I think this will make for a less fiddly process, as well as a neater finish.
In all, I’m pleased with this skirt. It reminds me a lot of things my mother used to wear in the 70s – I think she called them dirndl skirts? And it’s reasonably flattering. I need to find something to wear on top of it – I don’t really want to re-create the whole 70s vibe, but I do need some skirty-type tops. Maybe that’s a task for more of my stash-busting activity!!
The fabric, as well as being not particularly drapey, creases up a storm! So I’m going to go back to the fabric shop and see what the composition actually is. It smells and feels like wool, but creases like linen. I wonder if it’s a wool/linen mix, therefore??