The “Singing in the Rain” Skirt
Fabric: 2 yards plaid wool suiting from Mood, $28
Pattern: McCalls 4258
Notions: invisible zip, interfacing for waistband
First worn: 12/8
Wear again: many times
Time to complete: about 4 hours
Total cost: about $30
Theme Re-do: Plaid
Plaid, how I love thee. This is the first pattern I used when I dreamed of a long bias cut plaid skirt and started sewing clothes for myself last year. I wore that skirt so much (and installed the zipper so poorly) that the fabric ripped along the side seam. I remade it for the plaid challenge as a shorter skirt, and even took the time to line it, but I just don’t love the shorter length. I needed to remake the original in a new fabric.
As soon as I put this one on, I knew it would be worn to death like the first. There’s something about this simple shape that feels perfect. I could live in it all fall, winter, and spring. Next time I’ll add an inch or two to the length, especially good for playing classical guitar. I got up before dawn to hem this for the Suzuki group guitar concert in which Fenna and I both played. It was a bad day for taking photos, what with lugging two guitars, a music stand, a stool, and a squiggly six-year-old about town. And other factors. These sad rainy shots in front of a random bike will have to do. At least the light is natural. And the skirt itself makes me happy.
I tried valiantly to match the large scale, uneven plaid. After fussing with the layout a good long while, I decided it was impossible. I turned and stitched the side seams to finish them, did a centered zip (with an invisible zipper), a narrow hem, and still have to add a hook and eye since I couldn’t find one in my stash. Though the side closure could look more professional, it’s stellar compared to my last attempt.
I still dream of plaid! I’ve been thinking about how to refashion two beautiful plaid Western shirts and an amazing pair of plaid wool pants, all in large men’s sizes. Coming soon in early 2013. . .