The “Asola” skirt
⁃ Fabric: wool suiting, from my stash
⁃ Pattern: Victory Patterns‘ Madeleine
⁃ Year: 2011
⁃ Notions: zipper, 2 plain buttons, 3 decorative buttons
⁃ Time to complete: an afternoon
⁃ First worn: January 15, 2012
⁃ Wear again? Yup! But definitely with a slip, because the fabric clings like crazy to my tights
⁃ Total price: about 5 euros for notions
Where should I start?
The buttons: I have this nice tradition with my mum, on Saturday mornings we go to the local market and we always stop at a stall that sells haberdashery. There is a huge selection of vintage (or vintage looking) buttons at 1.60 euros a pack of three or four. Needless to say, we love that stall and we are probably the best clients they have.
For this skirt, I found some big mustard plastic buttons that work perfectly with the mustard topstitching of the skirt. There are three decorative buttons (2 on the front for the suspenders, 1 in the back to close the waistband) and two more flat buttons on the inside for the suspenders. I love that the patterns includes multiple buttonholes, so that the suspenders are adjustable (see last photo).
The pattern: For this skirt I used the Madeleine skirt pattern and shortened it significantly. I loved the design of the skirt, especially the suspenders and the over sized pockets but I knew tea length wasn’t going to fly on a short girl like me. So I shortened the pattern 10 cm. When it was time to hem, I chopped off at least 5 more cm, so I ended up with a mini skirt. I think the pockets are a bit unbalanced, now. If you’re going to shorten the skirt so much, my advice would be to resize the pocket pattern piece (75% might work) for a more proportioned look. Also, use topstitching thread for topstitching, not regular thread (ahem, like I did) or it won’t be noticeable.
When I finished this skirt, I wasn’t very pleased with the result, but after playing a bit with it and styling it, I really like it!
I strongly recommend the pattern, by the way, the instructions are GREAT. If you want to learn more about Victory Patterns, I have an interview with lovely Kristiann on my blog.
p.s. If you’re curious, “Asola” means “buttonhole” in Italian ^_^