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.
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.
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.
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!
A bit of a closer view 🙂
So it’s been a cute skirt, simple design, but needing proper attention to match the stripes.
i love it & it really does symbolise summer & is very practical 😉