The “Pineapples and Palmtrees” Skirt
Fabric: Cotton Pineapple Print – approx. $15/metre
Pattern: Simplicity 9926
Notions: Zip and cotton bias binding for all the seams
Time to complete: 2 hours
First worn: For the photos
Wear again? Yes on hot days, maybe out of the house
Total Cost: About $20
I have been making this skirt since the early 90’s. I think this is the sixth time I have made it
I have made it in chiffon, denim and cottons. It’s great – I think the A-line shape is not bad on a pear-shaped figure. It’s comfortable to wear and easy to sew.
I have made it so often I have even traced it on to patternmaking kraft paper (heavy, card weight paper) – this is much easier to handle than tissue patterns for things you make repeatedly. This is how they do it in the industry.
Although, you think I would have learned that the side zip really ruins the way the side seam sits. I am so lazy I can’t even be bothered to do any seams that are unnecessary – such as the centre back seam – but seeing it in the photos – I am determined to note this for next time on my pattern.
I love the pineapple print – but I think it would look much better as a big gathered skirt – but I didn’t feel like spending quite a lot on buying fabric for yet another skirt.
Another lesson learned – the straight pattern looks weird on the A-line shape and appears as if it is disappearing into the side seam. Is this what it means when the pattern says “Unsuitable for obvious diagonals”??!! Lightbulb moment!
Oh well – some valuable lessons there and it will be fine for the school run on a stinking hot day and perfect for around the house.