|Unfortunately Frances is not as wide as me, so the skirt is clipped in at the back to stay up|
I've finished my first skirt for the Make It In May Skirt Sew-Along!
It's a little bit later than what I'd first hoped, but I'm completely chuffed with it and I love it.
The pattern is the Nicole Mallalieu Design You Sew Girl A-Line Skirt Pattern which I stock in my shop here.
The pattern doesn't have pockets - I've added them using my own template to satisfy my slightly absurd pocket obsession!
Reasons why I love this pattern:
- It suits my shape
- The fully interfaced waist band does wonders for my belly
- It's comfortable
- It can be shortened to any length (I choose to make mine knee length as I rather like my lower legs)
- There is an instruction booklet with a step by step guide and lots of photos.
- My finished product looks like an expensive shop-bought skirt
- The pattern is paper (not tissue)
I picked up this wool suiting fabric during the Spotty 40% off sale, so the fabric for the entire skirt only cost around $7.
**Edit: I just found the receipt from Spotty - it's Wool Suiting CLT #22 Grey, 147cm - it was $8.99 per metre (after the 40%) off and I only used 1 metre for a knee length in size 14, so the actual fabric cost was really $9
I originally intended to use an invisible zip at the back, but I had a little accident and mangled the teeth of the zip. Then while trying to fix the teeth, I completely broke the zip... so instead of taking another trip to Spotty, I used a dress zip from the stash instead.
I've never sewn with wool suiting before. but I'm loving the way it drapes. It's hard to get excited about a plain grey fabric when you're shopping and sewing, but this skirt is going to make lots of coloured/patterned tops in my wardrobe much more wearable during the winter months.
I'm taking it for the first test run in the city tomorrow. It should fit in well in the centre of black/charcoal grey loving Melbourne!