The “No Navy Meringue Blues” Skirt
Fabric | 50/50 Poly/Cotton or Rayon/Poly suiting. It’s from fabric.com, and it either cost $2.99 a yard of $5.99 a yard. I have ordered so much blue fabric and suiting fabric lately that I can’t tell which this is, lol. It’s not terrible, but I am glad I didn’t make a dress from it like I originally intended. The gray facings are made from a stretch suiting that is so soft and wonderful I wish I had ordered twice as much as I did.
Patterns | Colette Patterns, Meringue from The Colette Sewing Handbook. I used my TNT pencil skirt pattern to help me choose the size and grade the side seam from one size to another. I’m glad I did that, I don’t think I would have liked the slight flare the skirt would have had otherwise.
Year | Current
Notions | Thread, a zipper, iron on interfacing.
Time to complete | Quite a few hours for such a little skirt. I was skeptical about the facings being wide enough because they looked quite short and they NEVER are when I make skirts. I always have to fudge it a bit, but this pattern is drafted to perfection. I even took care to follow the zipper installation instructions (partially) so that my zip is nicely enclosed in the facing. Lovely. I played fast and loose with the scallop application, but I’m really pleased with the outcome.
First worn | To take indoor photos, which I now realize I don’t enjoy. I’ve become accustomed to outdoor photo sessions. Something I never thought I’d say when I started this challenge. But, there’s no school today and it’s damp and cool out, so we’ve been in all day. I’m wearing a thrifted cardigan as a top, my new Melissa shoes (!!!), F21 tights and my grandmother’s necklace and pin.
Wear Again? | Yes, definitely!
The back also fits pretty well, but the waist could sit closer to my body. I layered my TNT pattern pieces, which already has a swayback adjustment on the back piece, over the pattern sheet from the book. I think applying the zipper on the side rather than the back (thereby eliminating that extra back seam) left a little more fabric in that area. One of my darts is a bit pointy, but it’s barely noticeable. I used a ham to press them (and the darts on Sencha) and I really feel like it made a difference.
There’s not much else to say about this one. Though, getting the little details to line up properly and the darts to look well in this fabric mix took a little bit of time, it was worth it. I love this little skirt! I don’t know how many scallop hemmed skirts one really needs her in her wardrobe, but thanks to the roll of 24 inch wide tracing paper (OMG why didn’t I get this sooner, it saves so much time taping sheets together and worrying about the tape coming loose) I bought, I have a really serviceable pattern copy, that will last.
A little side note about these shoes. I fell in love with the Melissa line thanks to Ms. Darling and another Aussie blogger, Marianne of Esme and the Laneway (be careful if you follow this link, you will want her entire wardrobe of clothes and shoes). I am not generally a heel wearer, but a good wedge is usually fine. Well, I wore these shoes to go to Gertie’s book party. I was rushing around and sweating (Melissa’s are like old school Jellies for grownups) which was a bad combo for a new shoe outing. My heels are still recovering.
Lesson: Don’t wear new shoes when
a. you are in a rush
b. when they are plastic and it is hot
c. when you’re on an outing far from home.
d. all of the above
Thank goodness I brought some flats with me. And had bandages in my purse :(
More pics, including the guts which we all love to see, here. Oh, the first two were Picmonkey-ized. I do not naturally glow like that, no matter how much I buff my skin ;p