I'm committed to this whole "sew for yourself" thing. Especially as my behaviour in front of the camera is much more predictable that my 2 year oold, making the blogging of these items much easier. For example, I don't tend to run out on the road or smear dirt from the garden across a freshly hemmed dress.
Then again, those things could be fun.
Skirts are a summer staple for me, and Rachael blogged a great tutorial for the Cerisy skirt a few months back - she shows you how to draft a simple pattern, make the skirt reversible and stitch on a yoga band for the waist. Win, win, win. Yoga bands are the best. (Ok, hands up who still wears maternity clothes a couple of years after having their kids? Shhh, your secret is safe with me.)
Fabric number one: A grey, yellow and black floral quilting cotton I bought over a year ago at Spotlight. With a bit of creative cutting I managed to get the skirt out of only one metre of fabric. Nice.
Look at that pasty white winter skin. Oh Summer Sun how I miss you! It was actually quite sunny the day I took these pics as you can see by my squinting, but it was only about 12C. Brrr.
Fabric number two: one of my all time faves, a grey dandelion print home dec weight cotton. I've used this one in a lot of previous projects. I needed more than a metre because it's a directional print, but it was from an extra wide roll so I still have heaps. That two yards I bought from fabric.com just keeps going and going.
The only thing I did differently from the Cerisy tutorial is that I lessened the a-line. Really triangular shaped a-line skirts just don't work for me, I've always been more of a pencil skirt girl, so where Rachael suggests making the bottom of the skirt width waist + 3", I changed mine to waist + 1 1/2", creating a straighter shape.
I made mine one evening when I was supposed to be packing for a week long trip away and I had a blogging event the next morning. I was stressing that I had nothing to wear, so I made a new skirt. As you do. But seriously - if you've got a spare hour, you can make this skirt.
Simple, functional, two skirts in one. Great for summer with sandals, or winter with tights and boots. What's not to love? Thanks Rachael!