The “Flirt” Skirt
Fabric: about 1 1/3 yards Anna Maria Horner velveteen from local store (Brooklyn General), red Bemberg for the lining from fabric.com, leftover navy stretch twill for the waistband facing, all from stash
Pattern: McCall’s M6290, by Flirt Brooklyn
Notions: invisible zip
Time to complete: a few hours
First worn: Saturday for cocktails and yummy food with friends
Wear again: I think so.
Total cost: Hard to tell; I wasn’t keeping track then. Maybe $30.
I love this theme! While I have more dramatic refashions in the wings, I most want to wear this skirt right now. I first made it a little over a year ago, my return to garment sewing after many years. I was out of practice, and it showed. The zipper and waistband were a mess– I didn’t make it easy on myself choosing velveteen– and the fit wasn’t so good either. With all the practice I’ve had in the past year, I knew I could make vast improvements.
I originally bought the pattern at Flirt, a sweet boutique full of small-scale independent designers here in Brooklyn (5th Ave between Park and Prospect) that always makes me happy and inspired to sew. The shop is a well-edited aesthetic experience. I’m not convinced by this pattern, though. Has anyone else used Flirt patterns (there’s another) or the book, Flirt Skirts? What do you think?
The original waistband was faced with narrow twill tape, as called for in the pattern, but I decided to draft a proper waistband so that the skirt would stay put and not twist around my body. I also added a lining from the matching silky red Bemberg I happen to have (why? I don’t know). I’ve never used that stuff before and I’m surprised how much I like it. I sewed the waistband facing and lining to the invisible zipper tape the way I learned from Colette for a clean finish. Pretty straightforward, but it was all quite the challenge with my daughter home (public school holiday) and not a moment to myself all week. By the time she was in bed at night I was too worn out to sew. Somehow the skirt came together mostly during episodes of Blue’s Clues over the week. Thank you, Netflix on demand.
So the skirt’s respectable now, but I don’t know if I’ll wear it much. As has happened before when I’ve made skirts, it turns out I don’t have anything to wear with it– the ensemble I planned in my head didn’t work on my body. Thus the interesting combination I’m wearing in the photos.