I have already shown you this skirt… hanging on rather a run of the mill wooden coat hanger against a rather mundane white door. But this, I think, is not a mundane skirt. Absolutely not.
This wild scuba fabric was a surprise gift from Josie at Fabric Godmother – she picked out something that she thought I would like. Such great gift-picking- it is totally me! It’s positively bursting with vibrant colours, lush tropical flowers with a very cheeky blend of leopard skin thown in! I know of quite a few people who would be drawn to this fabric hahaha!
So, this is scuba, and to be honest I had been a bit unsure of scuba. What to use it for? I did not really think I was a bodycon dress wearer. Marie at A Stitching Odyssey made a scuba skater dress (in fabric that looks very similar too!) But as it was coming into Spring, did I really want to make a dress out of something so “polyestery”? And that’s where my imagination stopped. Until that is I saw a post on the Fabric Godmother’s blog where she used black scuba to make a Hollyburn skirt. That really opened my eyes – you mean scuba can be used for skirts….with pockets? (I am wary of assuming knits can handle pockets – side seam pockets & even the front pockets as on a Hollyburn- because I think you need a knit with some kind of a structure for the latter & am still uncertain about side seam pockets per se for most knits ….but that’s probably my own experience & not having cracked it yet).
OK, sorry, back to scuba and skirts. I googled ‘scuba skirt’ & then narrowed in on either a scuba circle skirt or a scuba skater skirts. It became clear to me that I had enough fabric to make a circle skirt & that the scuba would give it structure, yet its weight should allow it to hang pretty well but with a sleek waist. No more prevaricating. The whole decision process possibly took longer than the making once I had decided.
I used the Cake Pavlova skirt as I had previously made it in jersey (& linen here) & the jersey skirt has had a lot of wear & it is one of my faves. It has two seams & a waistband. The waistband is elasticated for the knit version. I omitted the pocket this time as I thought it would mess up the already wild print & would take extra time! This skirt, people, took next to no time to make! But this is just a circle skirt, people. In a knit, perhaps one of the easiest skirts to make- seriously. No fastenings. Sew with a stretch stitch/ narrow zig zag or an overlocker & you’re away.
And guess what else saves time? Following Josie’s example I have left the hem unsewn & unfinished. [Gasp] I let the skirt hang a few days before measuring up from the floor ….& I just cut the hem at the length I wanted. It feels kind of naughty!
Now wearing this skirt is like a breath of fresh air. It really does hang beautifully & being a circle skirt is not too bulky around the waist. I hate to say it but the elastic waist is also very comfortable (OMG I must be getting old!!!!! ) I would love to be wearing it as I am modelling it, wedges & bare legs- but I’ve had to layer up & stick leggings underneath it to stop the May chills. In my view though this is one of those pieces that glams up causal wear! (even with leggings on!) And being a circle skirt it is so much fun moving around in it, letting the wind catch it (encouraging the wind to catch it too!), swooping down the stairs. Heaps of pleasure for those of us easily pleased 🙂
Now I understand if this fabric isn’t quite to your everyday wear, but there are quite a few scuba fabrics at Fabric Godmother – some more prints as well as some gorgeous solid colours with embossed details in them (so not “plain” at all but very practical !).
I am no longer fearful of scuba! Hurrah! I get it!