Let’s pretend that Jackson Pollock was a finger-painter instead of a paint flinger. Then, we can pretend he painted the fabric for my skirt.
This is not what happened since Jackson Pollock is no longer with us and I don’t think the little I know of his personality matches up with a rainbow skirt, but oh well. Sometimes it’s fun to imagine things.
So how about a new skirt? 🙂 Here’s what I’ve got for you today.
After the beloved outfit I created to wear to my friend’s wedding in January, I decided that I really wanted to find a pattern that was similar to that skirt. The original skirt has pockets, pleats, a waistband, and is just the right length. I could teach myself how to copy or draft this, but I don’t want to! Right now, I just want to sew. I came up with a few contenders, but one of the most promising was Simplicity 2215, a Cynthia Rowley design. I was able to get this pattern at a Jo-Ann’s pattern sale for a few bucks. I love those pattern sales for building my pattern library (and I do think of it as a library!).
I decided to pair that pattern with some stretch twill that I got at Hancock Fabrics in Indiana last summer. I kind of wish I had more of that fabric. It would be great for a pencil skirt or some close-fitting pants AND it contains nearly every color of the rainbow in the hues that I like to wear. It does NOT contain purple, but it just so happens that purple looks great with it!
The details (a.k.a. a good time to skim if you are not into sewing details):
I made a size 18 with no adjustments, and I made View C, the skirt. (You can also use this pattern to make a sleeveless button down shirt or dress).
There is a note in the pattern that states that the pleats are uneven on purpose. I was glad for that note, so I didn’t have to waste time wondering what was going on with them. After cutting out the fabric, I took a long time to mark each pleat and even to draw in the arrows so that I would know which way to fold the fabric. This was really helpful.
The only other necessary items beyond fabric that you need for this skirt are some interfacing, a little bit of lining fabric for the pockets (I think I used a scrap of handkerchief linen because I liked the white color), an invisible zipper, a hook closure, and thread. I bought my zipper at Jo-Ann’s, but everything else was in my stash. The one great thing that I have never had before but had this time was my new invisible zipper foot! I got that at Marie’s Sewing Center in Woburn, MA, which is where my Mom got my sewing machine a bunch of years ago. They gave me a 25% discount on the zipper foot! 🙂
After the cutting, which wasn’t hard, and the marking, which took awhile, the sewing was pretty easy. I was nervous as I put in the zipper, hardly believing that the whole invisible thing would really work, but it did! I was so happy! One sort of odd thing (to me, at least), was that the zipper, rather than being in the back, is right next to one of the pockets.
I think I would prefer it in the back, but it’s not really a big deal. The fit is very comfortable, but maybe on the slightly looser side. The nice thing is that this allows it to sit a little bit below my natural waist, which I like, but I could potentially size down. That’s a decision for another time, though. I also added a little ribbon tag because I was afraid I would put the skirt on the wrong way otherwise! 😉
And that was it! New skirt! (I may not look excited in these pictures, but don’t worry, I am. I was just under the weather on photo day.)
I realized at the end of last spring/summer that I didn’t have many skirts in my wardrobe for those seasons, so I’m very happy to add this one. I can see wearing it with both my purple button-down, as pictured, and my pink and white gingham shirt (both Butterick 5526). That last one will be some crazy pattern on pattern…which will be great! I’d recommend this pattern to anyone who is interested in this type of skirt. The other views in the pattern look pretty cool, too.
Now for some fun recommendations to enjoy over the weekend (or any time!):
- I know I’ve reviewed it before, but it’s still a favorite for me: The King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking cookbook. It doesn’t help you hide gross-tasting, “healthy” whole grains in your food…it has delicious recipes made with whole grains. In fact, I have a Peach-Blueberry Cobbler in the oven right now!
- I just checked out Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book by Gretchen Hirsch from my library. It’s her newest book, and it looks really good so far. Whether or not you are a big dress wearer, this book is full of amazing reference material. I feel that this is a bit beyond my current sewing skills in an exciting way that makes me want to learn more.
- Spring! Want to know my favorite source for really interesting seeds? Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. I discovered them through a Martha Stewart Living magazine article years ago. Their catalogue is one of the highlights of my winter. Sadly, this year, garden planning has gone by the wayside (Surprisingly, it is not actually possible to sew all the things, cook and bake all the things, forage for all the things, grow all the things, and decorate all the things plus be a phenomenal wife, mother, and friend! Who knew?), but most years I order in January or February because it’s just so exciting to think about spring.
- As an American who wishes we had more bike paths, I find this video on Bicycle Rush Hour in Utrecht (Netherlands) really fascinating: