Summer river scene skirt

Oh this has been a long time coming!  As I sit here, typing with a very wet & rainy vista in front of me I think back to the handful of days that this skirt has served me well & brought a smile to my lips.  My summer river scene skirt made using Makower fabric I bought in Truro fabrics back in May.

summer river scene skirt

As soon as I saw this fabric I knew its destiny – a simple gathered skirt making the most of the horizontal ‘stripes’ brought by the repeating strip of river’s edge with row boats, yachts & edged with sludgy green summery vegetation- the odd tree, shrub & grassy river bank.

This is a classic no pattern skirt made out of a couple of rectangles of fabric, gathered onto a waistband.

summer river scene skirt

But my design process did not begin with the button up skirt vision, nor the patch pockets- they came later as I was sewing.   I had sewn the centre back seam & suddenly thought ‘buttons!’ – a button up skirt! That’s how premeditated I am.  You can’t see that well, but the buttons are a gorgeous shiny limey green too, gorgeous!

So matching the pattern was clearly very important – at the front and the only other seam – the centre back.  I did not bother to match the exact part of the river at seam lines, that could have been a night mare, but it was important that the whole rivery stripe gave a continuous stripe around the whole skirt.  Matching the sewing took me more time than I thought & I should have taken more precautions when sewing the waistband on for example.  First pass applying my usual carefree confidence was not good enough & I had one side of the waistband finishing far too low for a bodge – out of alignment by possibly a whole centimetre.  I had to take it out & revise my seamline & second time was OK due to more care & attention.

summer river scene skirt

I added the pockets almost as an afterthought too.  The skirt was finished, on Barbarella, & it seemed another good idea.  The first time I wore it for one of our pizza parties it served me well, bringing out beers for the guests!

Summer river scene skirt

A bit of a closer view 🙂

Summer river scene skirt

So it’s been a cute skirt, simple design, but needing proper attention to match the stripes.

Party!

i love it & it really does symbolise summer & is very practical 😉

20 thoughts on “Summer river scene skirt

  1. Shelly

    What, there’s no pocket for ice bricks to keep the beer cold ? Mmm I dunno you might have to rethink that part LOL :D. Great skirt and I love the fabric. Enjoy wearing it.

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  2. Ksenia

    Lovely lovely skirt! And it looks great on you.
    That’s exactly the type of skirt I want to sew from some black and white checkered cotton I have in my stash. Though I’m not sure I can manage it without instructions… Beginner problems 🙂 So I’m off to search for tutorials.

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  3. Erika

    beer pockets are the best idea, But why fosters, that is truly one of the worst beers we export to you in the mother land!!

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    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Oh Erika, thank you for the admiration of the pockets & not necessarily the content of the tins! I have to confess the Fosters is a deliberate choice as it is weak enough that my beer swilling socialites can drink copious quantities without making themselves too ill ….but taste is the compromise!

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  4. LinB

    Buddleia! and apples, and what looks a bit like Confederate jessamine climbing through the shrubbery at the back but which is probably deutzia or weigela (I always get them mixed up). My roses are still blooming, and the gardenia, but the figs have waited all the way until September to fruit — they usually fruit in June. Oh, and I really like your skirt. Reminds me of all the blue-and-green combinations my dear old Ma sewed in the 60s. I liked them far better than horrid horrid avocado green and mustard gold from the next decade … She’s more into hot-gluing sequins onto stuff now. My dad needs to not fall asleep in his easy chair again, when she’s got the glue gun out.

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    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      It is a Weigela, over the other side of the fence, aren’t you sharp! Yes, I like to get a backdrop of seasonal planting – & the buddleia is now brown but the apples are at least ripening & falling off of course.
      I thought the stripes were a bit 50s too, that must be why I chose it as I always did imagine it as a skirt like this. I can be patient & wait for my hot glue days ….! but sounds like it’s party time at your mother’s!

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      1. LinB

        My darling daughter was both mystified and appalled one time, a few years ago, when her grandmother invited her to clear a chair and take a seat in the television room. DD picked up a bra and a loaded pistol from my mother’s customary chair. (My mother is registered for a carry permit for her gun — she is a literal “pistol packing Mama.”) Neither of us ever asked what circumstances led Grandma to leave those two items in her wingback chair; it has been far more fun to speculate, with all and sundry.

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