The “Teatime” Skirt | Sarah Gabbart
Fabric: Navy/white stripe from Fabric.com ($6.98 a yard – 2 1/2 yard)
Pattern: Colette Ginger
Year: c. 2011
Notions: 9" invisible zipper
Time to complete: 3
First worn: May 2011
Wear again? Yes
Total Cost: ~$18
I have spent a good deal of time in the UK in my life. In college, I spent a summer studying in London. For vacations, my family and I go to England, Scotland and Ireland (both the north – UK side and the south, Republic of Ireland side). The first time I set foot in the UK, I was hooked. I felt instantly at home – tea time with tiny sandwiches and cakes? Bacon AND mushrooms at breakfast? A pub on every corner? Sign me up!
One of the souviners I brought back from my adventures in London was a raging tea habit. Tea, in my experince of England, is a pretty big deal. It served at breakfast, during breaks, as an after-lunch treat and after dinner. It's served to cure a hangover, to mend a broken heart and to make new friends. It's diverse, delicious and easy to make – just add hot water, grab a scone and you have a tasty snack my good friend.
When I heard that we would be making red, white and blue outfits to celebrate the UK meetup, my first thought was "How much are plane tickets to London right now and how can I get off work?" Upon realizing that it would take a second mortgage on my house to fly right now (YOWZA airlines? What is all this with the crazy prices?), I realized that a trip to my backyard for a bit of afternoon tea was in order. That and a blue and white skirt to enjoy my tea time in!
I had a bunch of the navy and white striped cotton from the previous challenge (Mother's Day) and knew it would be perfect for the Colette Ginger.
The fabric, a medium weight cotton, was perfect for the a-line shape of the skirt – giving it a bit of body and sturdiness that a lighter fabric might not – and was incredibly easy to sew with. The pattern was very, very easy – even with the version I used, which used an amended layout for a chevron stripe detail.