Sometimes you buy a piece of fabric with no real sewing plans, it just appeals to you and you get it. Stash enhancement is good right? I purchased this poly/cotton remnant from The Remnant Warehouse and when I got it home I didn’t even like it. What was I thinking? How can I ever make anything from this? Then, like it lightning bolt, inpiration struck and I found myself sewing at night during the last week of the school term (crazy!) to make this.
If I could have a crush on an item of clothing, it would be this skirt. I love it! I am completely in love with pleated midi skirts at the moment and very pleased to find that they seem to be in mainstream fashion too, like this one and this one from Gorman. Pleated midi skirts are so hot right now! (BTW the second Gorman skirt is just lush! But can you believe it’s not even lined! Imagine the delicate silk CDC sticking to your tights or undies – ick! Not what I would want from a $200+ skirt).
Anyway, I didn’t follow a pattern with this skirt, just worked with the check fabric to create deep pleats and attached the skirt to a straight waistband. I really love the violet colour on the fabric so had to think about fabric placement to get two violet horizontal lines on my finished skirt. It’s all about the detail 🙂
I love how the skirt appears to have a stripe along the top, graduating to a check along the bottom, but as you move, you can see the hidden checks. I found the best way to achieve this look was to press the pleats towards the side seams – so the pleats on the front left of the skirt are pressed to the left and the front right to the right, and repeated on the back.
I added side pockets for life functionality and a invisible zipper runs along the side of one pocket to close the skirt.
I’ve worn this skirt twice since finishing it and it’s already shaping up to be one of my most complimented garments. I’ve even been stopped by two strangers asking about it.
Now as I’m sure you’ve gathered, I am often terribly rushed purchasing fabric these days, often with three nagging kiddies in tow. This means occasionally I slip up and get things that I don’t realise. Nothing too terrible, but I happened to purchase two identical remnants of this fabric from The Remnant Warehouse on the same day. Doh!
As much as I adore this skirt, I certainly don’t need two. So here I am offering my second piece of this fabric to one of my readers. Nothing much to do, but leave a comment on this post and you will go into the draw for 2 meters of this fabric. I’d love to see what someone else makes with it!
Good luck and entries will close 5pm Sydney time on Wednesday, 20 April. 🙂