It seems like an age since my last blog post, how did that happen?
I haven’t sewn much lately, work is crazy busy and fun sewing projects seem to get put on the back burner. So I decided to take a stand. I put the hoovering, cooking and taxi driving to one side and thought about myself for once.
I have been wanting to make a skirt for ages but could never find the right pattern. We are also hitting autumn here and even though the humidity is unbelievable, I can feel a change a coming. I need a transeasonal skirt and I found one in the form of a free sewing pattern from a Peppermint Magazine and In the Folds collaboration.
How cute is this? It’s a pleated skirt with lovely big pockets. I love it, but does it love me?
I am often unsure about this shape on me. I am a pear with a tum, was this going to just exaggerate the bits I’m not keen on? I took a gamble and gave it a go.
I usually make a toile but in this instance I didn’t. It’s a forgiving pattern so I followed the pattern sizing and opted for a C, which is a size 10. Normally I would grade out one size for my hips but with the pleating and volume in the skirt I just went for it and cut the straight C. I am thrilled to say, it’s a really great fit. I can’t remember the last time I made something without some serious alterations. The only tweek I made was, unsurprisingly, to the length. I reduced the length by 6cm and it sits perfectly on the knee.
I didn’t buy new fabric for this pattern, I raided my stash. I love the patterned fabric in the magazine but I wanted something plain. I KNOW… plain! Sometimes you just have to put the patterned fabric aside.
This stash fabric was found at my local charity shop. I think it cost me the princely sum of $3. Always hard to know exactly what it is, but I would say it’s some kind of brushed cotton mix with a very subtle herringbone texture running through it. And it’s purple. Yes, that surprised me too. I am generally not a lover of purple.
The fabric was a bugger to work with. It was quite drapey and moved around a lot. It also kept collecting ironing marks, so pressing was an issue throughout the whole process. I think the pleats could do with sharpening up with the iron but I was too eager to wear it to be bothered with that!
The pattern itself was pretty awesome. I haven’t done much pleating before, I have never really fancied them. The pleating was a bit fiddly but with some proper chalking up it was easy to follow. The top stitching down was a great idea as it flattens the pleats and takes out the volume round your tum. Top marks for instructions and design as always!
But the big question is, does my bum look big in this?
Answer: Yes, probably, maybe, not sure… but really who cares?
I like it. I like the colour and I like the fact that I swish around in it. I love the fact that it has giant pockets. Time to embrace a new silhouette I think!