The “Long After Labor Day” Skirt
Fabric: Japanese (Kokka?) plaid woven wool from a long bias-cut skirt, Bemberg lining from Paron Fabrics
Pattern: Colette Truffle from The Colette Sewing Handbook
Notions: interfacing, invisible zip
First worn: briefly for photos, taken as a last resort on my phone by my first-grader
Wear again: yes, in cooler weather
Time to complete: Entirely too long. Maybe six hours spaced out in tiny chunks.
Total cost: $10 for the lining
Of all the challenges, Back to School with Plaid is the one I’d most like to do over. Amazing plaid visions remained solely in my head as I struggled to refashion a long bias-cut skirt I made last year, the only plaid fabric in my stash at this time. No time or cash to shop for this week. I actually loved the original skirt, but my zipper job was bad and the fabric around that side seam was ripped from wear. I also couldn’t wear it with tights.
In order to have enough seam allowance to repair the zipper, I had to make the skirt a different, smaller shape. I used the Truffle skirt pattern, since I’ve already made it up and I know how it fits me. I lowered the waistline an inch and drafted a 1-1/2 inch waistband. I also added a lining. I did have to shop for a lining fabric– in a crazy family errand on the way to Central Park– which kind of renders my whole no-shopping-for-this-challenge moot. Sigh. Everything about this project was tedious and uninspired. I just hope I’ll wear the skirt a lot when the weather turns cool and then cold. That was probably the biggest problem this week, the soupy, sticky weather that makes sewing such a pain in my unair-conditioned set-up. But done is beautiful, as a wise sage once said (Loran, right?). The good news for my sewing, in keeping with our theme, is my daughter went back to school! See you next week.