“Sewing Green” Skirt
Fabric: 3-ish yards of satin backed, cotton blend fabric
Pattern: BurdaStyle’s Linda Skirt
Notions: 1 regular zipper and horsehair braid for the hem
Time to Complete: 3-4 hrs
First Worn: March 2012
Wear Again: You bet! Perfect skirt for both work and play.
Total Price: $1.29, I had to but a coordinating zipper but everything else was from my stash
Come St. Patty’s Day, I always wish I were Irish so I could celebrate properly. But I’m not, so I don’t. I could probably pass for being Irish, but actually I would feel guilty if I did. I don’t want to become one of the masses that claim to be Irish just so they can celebrate with the rest, in order to get sloshed. I’d rather just leave it to the South-Siders (of Chicago) to celebrate for me. I’m happy enough watching them have fun as I slurp on my delicious Shamrock Shake.
So instead of wearing green for St. Patty’s Day I’m celebrating by “being green”. Everything about my newest creation I found by rifling through my stash with the exception of my zipper. I’m using the only green fabric I found in my closet, a non-coordinating shade of green thread since that’s what I had on hand, along with some horsehair braid to floof-up the hem.
I’m also sure you can all agree with me that Sewing Weekly is just plain awesome and the challenges are so much fun. But it can be a definite strain on the pocketbook if you’re going to the fabric store each week for fabric or buying new patterns all the time. This is one of the reasons why I’ve taken to stash-busting. I love shopping for new, delicious fabrics but I find I already have so many lovely ones sitting in my fabric closet that it becomes a matter of conscience to use those first before going shopping.
Months ago, I attempted to lay out the Linda circle skirt pattern on this green plaid fabric months ago and not knowing any better I found I didn’t buy enough yardage to properly match the plaids. So it’s been shuffled to the back of my closet ever since. Determined to sew green for this week’s challenge, I resolved to pull out this green plaid satin backed fabric to try and give it another go.
I don’t know how I managed it this time versus several months ago, but I found that being sneaky about my cutting layout paid off. I have a fun, green plaid skirt for the fall and winter months. I’m only a few months late since it’s now turning to spring. But just in time for the green challenge.
This skirt was my first time matching plaids. You can just about make out the center front seam line. Up close it’s not 100% perfect, it’s about 97% perfect. But for a first timer, I don’t think it’s too shabby. I now join the ranks of other fellow sewists (Lauren, Sunni, and many many more I expect) who revel in their thick plaid circle skirts and couldn’t be happier with the result, especially since I was able to shop my own closet.