Two Sides to Every Skirt

i still got it
Jazz hands!

I finished it! I finished my double sided skirt.

cheese city
Cheshire flow

Making a reversible garment has long been a dream of mine, because it means more options and less laundry, and I pretty much live my life around minimizing the need to clean anything. A reversible skirt is a double win because, stains aside, skirts don’t really require washing that much. That, or I’m a terrible homemaker whose skirts are wretched messes. Hmmmm.

This is my scone face

A pencil skirt is a piece of cake to whip up; a lined pencil skirt is a little less cake-y; a reversible pencil skirt, less so; and a reversible pencil skirt with a secret elastic waistband is an unsweetened scone, at best. But scones are delicious in their own way, and I learned a lot from this project.

…buuut I’m still pretty lumpy.

Firstly and foremostly, I learned that I’m not as waistless as I’ve been feeling lately, so it’s necessary to taper and extend the waist upward on my pencil skirt pattern. Because I did not do this, there was beacoup de bunching inside my secret elastic waistband, making it not-so-secret. I remedied this by cutting a larger elastic and balancing the boxy upper half of the skirt with a tapered hem.

It’s bulk-ay!

Secondly, I learned that thinner/lighter weight fabrics are better suited for a secret elastic waistband than the mid-weight pontes I used. It’s not horrible, but there is some extra thickness at my midsection due to the several layers of mid-weight fabric required for a secret elastic waistband. I’d say most women have very particular views on how their midsection should look and despite my size I am no different. I was blessed with a waist and I like it to show, so I won’t use this type of waistband with this weight of fabric again.

Fix the waistband, over cover it with a shirt? Hmmm.

Thirdly, I’ve long had trouble with waistbands gathered by an elastic in a casing. One of my first wadders was due to gathering alllll the fabric needed to cover my hips and derriere being gathered to a circle small enough to fit my waist. Due to recent weight gain I’m not much of a pear, but the difference between my waist and hips can be as much as 15-16″. So when the waistband is gathered, there’s a huge amount of fabric pooling between my waist and hips and it doesn’t look awesome. Moving forward I think I need to generally take in the waistline of skirts to reduce bunching. Hm, I guess this the same lesson as #1.

I guess I also feel cutesy in this skirt.

I enjoy my new skirt well enough — it feels so smooth and slinky and sensual, and I loooove that it’s reversible. Day to night outfit anyone? Can you imagine having a reversible skirt and a reversible top, together? Ooh, la la! Now that I’ve finally broken through the reversible barrier, the sky’s the limit!

So … please ignore the wrinkles. And don’t hire me to do your laundry.

This is the other side of this skirt. I took a bunch of photos, but they all came out unfocused except for this one — not sure why! Anyway, though it’s not perfect I am glad to have a new black pencil skirt in my wardrobe.

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  1. I like how you combined them all. The skirt pattern is just so versatile. You can style it up or down and mix it with anything. Beautiful.

  2. This is fabulous – I love the idea of a reversible skirt! Two skirts in one! With the fiesty leopard print, I’d say this is more of a savory scone than a sweet one, LOL. :)

    I don’t have any brilliant advice to offer on elastic waistbands because they drive me crazy and I never sew them, but I hope you figure out a solution that works for you. One of the reasons I don’t sew them that I hate all the gathered fabric around my waist – but how do you fix that? I don’t know!

    1. Aha, it’s leopard print! Would you believe I couldn’t tell what kind of print it is? Good eye you’ve got there. :)

      And yes, elastic waistbands are an unexpectedly tricky beast! I’m still getting the hang of them. I’ve seen enough lovely gathered skirts in the sewing blogosphere that I know it can be done. One day!

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