Sunday, December 20, 2009

A Classic and Sassy Skirt

OK, for the last month or so, I've struggled to find the right project to get back into the swing of sewing.

Finally, inspiration struck. I scapped ideas for several other projects, including the silk slip (I didn't have the right size needles to get going...).

So, yesterday I STARTED sewing a skirt. Note, I said started, not: conceptualized, dreamed of, prepped fabric then proceeded to do nothing.... Yesiree, I actually washed, pressed, cut and started to sew a skirt!
It is one of Marcie's patterns, a McCall from 1958... a cute straight skirt with an inset pleat, back band and bow. The band and bow make this classic skirt a little bit sassy. I'm using a wool blend with a dark brown velvet floral-scrolly pattern. Last year, I made a dress out of a similar fabric: the wool was the same but the velvet was black and of a slightly different floral pattern... The back band and bow are a dark brown microsuede. (The skirt floral velvet photographed darker than it actually it - it is a rich brown, like the microsuede.)

As of an hour ago, I got the skirt front and back sewn together. The pleat is done via an inset, seamed to extensions on the center, lower back pieces. Then the top edge of the pleat is topstitched. I just love pleats and bows. For me, it is very satisfying to shape, press and form them.

This is just the project to get me going: vintage, quick and simple but with enough vintagy flair and detail to be interesting. Tomorrow I should be able to get the zipper and waistband on, then hem it!


Trudy Callan said...

It's going to be a beautiful skirt. The fabric is just lovely.

Lilian said...

This skirt looks very promising. Can't wait to see the finished project. I once had a fabric that looked quite similar. It was a knit and it was darkgrey with black flowers. I made a long, small skirt of it. Your fabric made me immediately think about it.

alethia said...

Can't wait to see finish product.

glorm said...

OK, it's almost the 27th. Did you finish the skirt? It looks like a winner. Did you get your sewing mojo back?

Shannon said...

This looks good- I love the fabric. I'd love to see a pic of the finished skirt.