As my sewing area (aka several towers) is already way, WAY out of control whenever possible I try to make muslins out of fashion fabric so that if I don’t like it I can at least donate the finished item to charity rather than let it become abandoned to a life of growing dust and somehow attracting stray pins like most of my UFOs do. This also has the added bonus that if I do end up liking the finished item I can begin to wear it whilst I think about making the ‘actual’ garment I had planned on making in the first place. I don’t know about you but sometimes that is- um several months.
Ahem my inability to finish what I start aside, this skirt falls into the former category. As in I was so excited to start wearing it I didn’t even finish attaching the waistband before I did. I mean c’mon people, look at those pockets!
This is of course Vogue 1247, a skirt renowned for both it’s shortness and adorable insides. Sadly, as this was, at least to begin with, a muslin, my seams lack the bias bound seams of which seamstress dreams are made of, but hey, at least it left time for other important things, like clearly not combing my hair.
I cut a straight size 12 and added 5cm to the length, I probably could have added more, and would have for a summer skirt, but for a winter skirt this is my preferred length with tights. I * actually * followed the instructions except, obviously binding the seams, and in my erm haste to wear it, didn’t get around to attaching the waistband.
I bought this fabric in Hong Kong last year. It is a wool blend with a very loose weave which is why I don’t think this skirt will have a very long life : (. I have plenty, PLENTY more though as Hong Kong fabric shops are like weird show rooms where the minimum yardage is at the very least 3, or in this case, 5. I have already made an air hostess costume (hello dreams of being a Pam Am girl) and another skirt with no signs of running out.
All in all, I absolutely love this skirt and have already made it again with at least 2 others planned in my immediate future. OWOP pattern perhaps?