In a slow attempt to update my current wardrobe with some home-sewn flair, I made myself a skirt!
This is the beignet skirt from Colette Patterns. A high-waisted straight skirt with 12 buttons (and…12 buttonholes…yikes ) up the front and a skinny belt. This skirt could also be referred to as “the 7 week skirt” or “the skirt that took 4-eva” or the “put down that beignet and get to sewing me already” skirt. Hmmm….do I look knock-kneed up there? Yikes.
I mean, I know I’ve been a little busy… but I cut my pieces out a month and a half ago, and they sat around collecting dust for a bit. Here and there, I got around to sewing it together in the last couple of weeks. During a couple nights of the Hatfields & McCoys mini-series with my hubs, I blew through most of it. All that killing and backwoods family drama motivated me I guess?
I made a size up from what I normally wear since I’m post-baby. And like some other folks out there, in the end I decided to forego sewing the belt together since I honestly could not stand to look at my fabric anymore! I found an inexpensive braided red one at Old Navy instead- and I think it probably looks better this way.
Oh, hello split ends!
Wow. I need to make an appointment to shave my head this week. STAT.
Anywho, I would say this was an elaborate project for me- but, as with all sewing patterns I’ve tried, I learned a heckofalot! Made some side seam pockets for the first time, and also learned how to face and line a skirt- this being the hardest part of the process for me, since 1. I bought cheap yellow lining fabric that showed it’s cheapness in many ways…. and 2. once I went to sew my skirt shell to the lining, none of my seams matched up. My shell was wider than the lining… so, I took in a few of the shell seams and did the best I could with getting it to match up, but it wasn’t without belting out some of this: @#*$*^*#%&^!!!
There’s also a point where you have to attach the lining to the facing at a major curve. See below. I just had to go super slow… and it came out okay, but probably not perfect.
My buttons were a small splurge- but I really love the jade color. I was a little hesitant to use them because maybe they don’t quite “go”…but i’m happy I did. I’m not all for “matchy matchy” things anyway, and plus I need more color in my closet like nobody’s business.
I will say, this pattern was challenging for me, but defintely well-written… I plan on making another someday, maybe for Fall… though I’d choose a heavier weight cotton. Mine here is almost linen-like, and I did have some slight issues (mainly when it came to the buttonholes) because of that.
And like I said, I used cheapo lining material (don’t be like me- do a little research on lining options!) but I do like the little glimpse of yellow poking out of the pocket.
Now. Can i blatently show off the REAL (adorable) reason this took me so long to make?
Who can get anything done with these baby blues gazing up at you?? :)
**update: this skirt was feautered on Colette Patterns blog, Coletterie… I’m blushing!!**