The “Windblown Pumpkin” Skirt

The Facts

  • Fabric: orange something or other… Linen look? (free/stash)
  • Pattern: Vogue 8672 (stash – same as this skirt)
  • Year: 2010
  • Notions: thread, zipper, buttons
  • First worn: October 28, 2012
  • Wear again?: Definitely
  • Total price: <$10

No, I didn’t make a costume. We’ve no costume parties on the agenda and my son changed his mind from wanting to be a green mouse (which I obviously would have had to make) to Batman (for which he already owns everything he would need). But I did make something orange, which is totally out of character for me.

I really wanted to have both this skirt and a grey, black, and white plaid jacket done for this challenge (I’ve been loving the look of dark gray clouds with the autumn leaves) but the jacket pieces are all cut out and still patiently waiting. I’ve just been crazy busy this month. And, in fact, you likely won’t see too much of me next month because I’m committing my free time to writing and editing. Though, if writing is going really well (or going terribly), I may show up here at the end of the month for the black and white challenge or the 1960s challenge. We’ll see.

Not much to say about the skirt except that it’s orange. Really orange. And it fits nice and snug. I decided to do a size smaller than my wool skirt since that iteration of this pattern seemed slightly too big, but now I think perhaps the wool just has more give than whatever it is I used on this one. No matter. It makes me feel slender to have something fit that closely. This pattern is really perfect for my shape–no adjustments necessary in the hips this time. So I guess that makes this my go-to straight skirt pattern from here on out. This version has little tabs and buttons I meant to get a picture of, but it was so cold and W I N D Y from Sandy that we hightailed it back to the car ASAP.

Happy Halloween and Happy Reformation Day to all of you! I hope you are dry and safe from the storm.

Author

Erin Bartels

Erin is a copywriter by day, a novelist by night, and a wife, mother, dressmaker, quilter, zoo docent, painter, poet, and photographer in between. She only gets paid for the copywriting.

9 Comments

  1. Beautiful photos and what a fun idea to not take too literal

  2. So are you entering NaNoWriMo as in National Novel Writing Month–50k between Nov 1 and Nov 30? Love the skirt, leaves, and pics.

    • I had thought about that, yes, but I’m currently in the middle of a big edit/revision of a previous manuscript, plus polishing a short story for a competition, so I don’t think I’ll be able to “compete” in NaNoWriMo this year. :) But I am committed to getting this revision done and then beginning something new later in the month.

  3. Love your orange skirt.. Perfect idea to do photograph with the pumpkin..
    Good luck on your work.

  4. So appropriate for Halloween! Love the orange skirt and all the cute photos. I especially like the series of you with the pumpkin in front of the wall and the ones with your son. It looks terrible cold there. I hope you weren’t troubled too much by hurricane Sandy.

  5. I love the photos. Looks like a useful skirt. We’ll miss you – don’t work too hard!

  6. Love the black and orange Erin and great skirt, your fabric stash has proven to be very resourceful. Love the photo flurry of you both.

  7. Love the skirt and the pictures. I don’t think my family will ever make an appearance here. Too bad-they’re a good looking bunch.

    Hope you’ll share the jacket with us when you finish it.

  8. I love these photos, particularly the ones with your little son. The skirt looks great on you.

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