Hi folks, I’m in a real dilemma here. I have so far avoided the march of the maxi dress/ skirt since I love it on others it really hasn’t been something I thought was really “me”. But when in the Fancy Silk Store next to the Birmingham Rag Market I saw this border print.
It spoke “maxi skirt” to me. Now my first mistake was thinking that I could get away with one metre. Ha ha – luckily I computed in the store that with border prints (if you want the border horizontally on your garment) the fabric can only be used with the width as your length, therefore buying a metre to encapsulate my hips was going to be a joke, so I therefore ended up with a one metre piece and a half metre piece. Piecing this together in an acceptable way involved thought. More thought then went into the style of maxi skirt – I wanted to avoid the pouffy gathered or pleated waist & when I saw Butterick 5756 in a promotion I snapped it up.
Now to be clear – I did not have enough fabric to make the flowing version depicted as view D, but used the yoke. This pattern also is lined, but that was too fancy for my designs, so left that out too. If I was as savvy as Karen I could have made my own yoke pattern, but I also fancied the pleated skirt too & being in a lazy place succumbed to the easy life.
So despite the ultra boring yawn making rainy summer we are having, I am on holiday & very unpractically decided to say “to the h*ll with it, I’m making myself a summery skirt” & set about whipping this one up for my forthcoming trip to Cornwall. I romantically envisioned wearing it with barefoot & swishing around in the surf with it soaked & sandy. It was a skirt I wanted to make in a day also, but unfortunately I have become hooked on the synchronised swimming on the Olympics & when watching so intently as I was, it became very unproductive sewing time! But I managed it – just about- in an afternoon. I joined the two pieces together just about matching the pattern, which unfortunately will fall in the front of this skirt – but it is acceptable to me.
Despite it being a border print I hemmed it also to lend it a bit of weight. If I’d wanted to capitalise on a selvedge hem I’d have had to cut the skirt piece the right length at the beginning which I would have probably got wrong! As you will see I have not quite finished it so it is another NRFO- I need to stitch the yoke facing down. You see I have not decided if it is something I will wear. All the pics have been taken in this state of NRFO in case I change my mind.
Now if I did change my mind I could see adapting (well actually starting again) to make a sundress with a similar shape as Simplicity 2250, spaghetti straps & a gathered skirt. Now I don’t think I’d have enough fabric for S 2250 as the bodice is wrapped / pleated gorgeously – & has been deliciously made recently by Paunnet.
So you see, I am not sure. Will I actually wear it? It feels like I have raided the dressing up box. I feel too short? In reality when the sun shines I like having my legs out & maximum opportunity for suntanning. In reality might this be the kind of skirt that keeps me warm in slightly cool evenings …perhaps with a jacket ….I don’t know.
What do you think peoples? I know maxi is “on trend”, but I am way past being in with the in crowd.