The “Topped with a Hat” Skirt
Fabric: Chiffon $9.96 for 2 yards, Lining $5.96 for 2 yards, Velvet – gifted
Pattern: New Look 6872, I lengthened the skirt and made the waistband wider. ($1.50)
Notions: invisible zipper $2.39
Time to complete: 3 hours
First worn: Jan. 8, 2012
Wear again? Of course!
Total price: $19.81 plus tax
Accessory: Burgundy Hat inherited from Grandma Mary Elizabeth
I inherited a lot of hats from my Grandmother, when she passed. She had impeccable style. I love her hats and I always want an excuse to wear them, but I don’t have a lot of clothing that matches them. This challenge gave me a reason to do that, especially since one of my resolutions this year is to accessorize more. This challenge called my name.
I chose this flowy skirt to copy from a skirt I saw at Anthropologie I wanted, but didn’t want the particular color it came in. I figured I could make my own and I can make it any color I wanted. A dear friend gave me this burgundy velvet a few months back, which I used for the waistband. The brown chiffon and lining I purchased from fabric.com. I thought burgundy and brown would go very well together, plus I have two fabulous hats from my Grandma, one happens to be brown and the other burgundy. I have choices!!!
To be honest, I hate sewing with chiffon, but a girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do to get the look she wants. I mustered through it. Lining isn’t so easy either. I don’t line a lot of my creations simply because that’s just more hems to sew. Now velvet, I have never sewn with velvet. This was interesting. It wasn’t hard, but it wasn’t easy. It moves a lot and it’s thick. I would do it again if the occasion calls for it.
I wore my skirt and hat to church on Sunday. I received many compliments, but I truly owe them all to my Grandmother. All in all, I am glad I made this skirt and challenged myself to work with unfamiliar fabrics. I’m glad I thought outside of the box. Grandma would be proud of me.
We took the pictures at our Santa Susana Railroad Museum in Simi Valley, CA USA.