The “Asymmetrical Love” Skirt
- Fabric: 2 yards of plaid acrylic/wool blend from Mena
- Pattern: Simplicity 4966
- Year: 2004
- Notions: 7” zipper, hook & eye, 4 packages bias binding (all stash)
- Time to complete: 1-2 hours for basic construction, 4-5 hours for fringing
- First worn: Jan 19, 2012 (I worked on this challenge early instead of the MTL challenge)
- Wear again?: I already have about ten times!
- Total price: $18 for fabric (notions were free to me, pattern I’ve had for at least 6 years)
When I bought the gray and red plaid from Mena last August, I knew I wanted to make a skirt and I knew I wanted a fringed edge. I considered making a red dress for this challenge, but the red fabric in my stash is lightweight (not at all appropriate for a Michigan Valentine’s Day) and I did want to make up this skirt in time to wear yet this winter.
I found upon pulling out the pattern that I had previously cut out the pattern pieces (though I never got around to using them for anything) in a size smaller than I really need now. And because this skirt is made from very oddly-shaped pieces, adjusting for size left me scratching my head a bit. So I just winged it, which is standard procedure at this point. Luckily, it all worked.
Everything went together quickly and smoothly and the only time-consuming part of this project was removing the crosswise threads on the fringed pieces. I also bound all the seams to keep them from unraveling.
I wish the plaid matched better in the front, but it’s not terribly straightforward when pinning the oddly-shaped pieces just where everything will meet up, and the fringe pieces complicate matters further. So it is what it is. The only other complaint I have is that the drape is a little stiff. But perhaps some careful laundering and fabric softener can fix that.
I was the happy recipient of a compliment on this skirt from a stranger within an hour of putting it on. I always see those as a nice confirmation of my pattern and fabric choices. Friends and family always give compliments. But from strangers they are even nicer. :)
These photos were taken in downtown Lansing, Michigan, on the south steps of the Capitol.