You know how you finish something, and kinda fall in love with it? That’s how I feel about this skirt. :) Originating from fairly humble origins, it turned into something better than I could have imagined! I wore it to my friend’s semi-dressy James Bond-themed birthday party at a posh Boston hotel bar (like, $400+ a night posh), and I think I fit right in with the hotel itself. Surprisingly, the guests do not dress fancy at nice hotels! I’m used to staying in hostels and Airbnb and thought their dressed-down atmospheres were due to the low cost of the lodging — guess not.
Anyway, the skirt. I love it. Like, really. I started with the knit pencil skirt pattern piece from Butterick B6258. It’s easily my favorite skirt pattern because it takes only one pattern piece! I cannot rave about this enough. And because it’s so simple, it’s equally simple to modify. For this skirt, I did the following (in order):
-lengthen the skirt 3″ at the bottom
-slash and spread the skirt until the fullness looked ‘right’
-trace the upper side seam and adjacent waistline, then freehand the rest of the pocket pattern piece
I didn’t have quite enough fabric to make this skirt! It’s a mid-weight cotton knit with good drape, and tiny metallic polka dots, that is vintage stash (no way to get more). I ended up cutting hip yokes from the scraps and quilting them onto the main skirt. Let me just say…quilting takes FOREVER. Doing it for this small area, I was mind boggled that people voluntarily do this on things as large as quilts!!!
After quilting on the yokes, attaching the pockets and seaming the sides was a breeze…a breeze that left me with decisions. How was I going to finish the waist? I didn’t have enough fabric for my original plan, elastic in a waist casing. And how was I going to finish the hem? Hemming a full skirt is a pain in the butt. Scarred by the quilting, I did not want to tango with a fussy hem.
Stash to the rescue! I had some 3″ silver-on-black elastic that matched my skirt perfectly. I actually don’t like elastic waistbands because they’re not comfortable on my skin, but I was
lazy desperate. I wanted to finish the skirt right away!! So, elated by some gorgeous fall weather, I went to the scariest place my wallet knows: the fabric store. *insert ominous music* My shopping list consisted of 10 yards of 1″ elastic in two colors, a red zipper, and fabric for an emergency dress if my skirt didn’t work out.
I spent $81.
On the plus side, in that purchase was 5 yards of the perfect trim, of which I only needed 3.25 yards! The trim definitely makes this skirt. I never jumped on the ‘sheer stripe’ skirt trend because…well, because I didn’t like it. Some skirts look fine, but many just look weird. So this trim is me trying out that trend in my traditionally skeptical and cautious way, hah. And I think it works! It’s on-trend enough but timeless enough that this skirt has both a present and a future. More than anything, though, I feel like this skirt is really pretty, and I love having something so appealing in my wardrobe.