The “At Last” Skirt
Fabric: Cotton-blend textured Houndstooth knit, $7?? (cannot recall), Hobby Lobby; 4 yards cotton muslin, $4, Hancock
Pattern: McCall 4875 (out-of-print), assume $2 + Sugardale’s Crinoline Tutorial
Notions: button, three hooks, one eye, grosgrain ribbon
Time to complete: 3 and a half years! (Likely, ~3 hours total for the skirt and ~5 hours for the petticoat)
First worn: April 2012, for pictures in the park
Wear again? Maybe in the fall? These layers are warm!
Total cost: ~$13
I love circle skirts! So much so that this is the very first pattern I ever purchased and this skirt was my first sewing project, around three and a half years ago. (You know, back when I was a good girl and bought pattern and fabric together.)
I was so excited! Houndstooth + cozy fabric (seriously, it feels like a child’s “blankie”) + full circle = love, right? Wrong!
You see, as it turns out, my love for circle skirts is not mutual. They hang horrbly on my hips making them look wider. Never a good look for a pear-shaped girl like myself.
So, the unfinished skirt became my very first stash addition.
When I first saw this week’s challenge, I cringed. I brainstormed ways to make a more flattering variation. (Release pleats, anyone?) Then, it occured to me I just might be able to make a “true” circle skirt work for me if it looks like the fullness is in the skirt rather than my hips – enter a crinoline. Duh!
I whipped up an easy muslin petticoat, finished the waistband on the houndstooth skirt, and voila! My very first sewing project is, at last, wearable! Yay!
Happy twirling, everyone! x