The ‘Checking in Late’ Skirt

Here’s a quick Black & White skirt. I had a dress all cut out only to discover what I thought was black and white was in fact Navy and white. I think I did the same thing last year and so refuse to do it again.

I was in the local Salvos and found this piece of black and white check. It was sewn up into a kind of bag. I thought maybe someone had meant to make curtains, but it was the right colour and so I grabbed it – $1.99 bargain!

I had to unpick it and only just squeaked in my pattern pieces. I used the straight skirt pattern from a drafting course I did earlier this year. I had to piece the waist band (never done that before – have never thought to. How daft!) Most pleasing is that it really does fit well. The lapped zip went in easily and there was no hassles with the button hole or button.

I was unsure if the checks would work. I thought at worst it might end up looking like a tiled floor or a motor racing flag, and at best it might be a bit of a chef’s uniform, but I’m actually pretty chuffed with it. I do think it only really works with a black top though. I had a nice purple t-shirt on and it just looks all wrong. The checks are mostly matched up and I just used a row of checks to line up the hem

The Facts
⁃ Fabric: light cotton drill (maybe)
⁃ Pattern: straight skirt from drafting class
⁃ Year: 2012
⁃ Notions: button and zip from stash
⁃ Time to complete: about 2 hours grabbed here and there
⁃ First worn: for these photos
⁃ Wear again? quite possibly
⁃ Total price: $1.99


One little closeup of my necklace – it’s a beaut. 



Jen Brown just plain-old likes making stuff. If it's usable and wearable when complete, so much the better. A new technique or a chance to see how something worked is where the challenge lies.


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  1. Hi Jen!
    I love the graphic skirt and it does go very nicely with black. Too bad about the fabric that wasn’t really black. Maybe it will work into the next few challenges?

  2. That is a seriously awesome skirt! The checks are so classic without being as ‘usual’ as stripes or spots.

  3. Oh My GOODNESS!! I LOVE your checkered skirt!!! And the airplane pendant is wonderful. I have earrings that have a similar airplane on them that I love. They remind my of my mom’s dad who worked for Lockheed and designed airplanes. He used to travel the world looking at crash sites long before there was an NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board, the entity that investigates plane crashes here in the states), trying to figure out what went wrong. He spent time in the Antarctic and designed a special kind of take-off assist for planes in extreme environments like that. Funny the memories a little necklace like yours can bring up : )