The “Long After Labor Day” Skirt

The Facts
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
Year: contemporary
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.

Author

Lee

Lee is a highly educated stay at home mom with a lot of projects. She lives in New York City.

4 Comments

  1. Love the skirt, despite not being a grandiose symphony in plaid it really is quite adorable and I’m sure very useful. I bet you could find time to sort an attack plan for one of your amazing plaid visions in time for the UFO challenge coming up…..?

  2. I think both pieces are really cute and yes, done is beautiful : )

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