When I bought this mid-weight floral cotton earlier this year, I immediately knew I would turn it into a skirt during the autumn months. Admittedly, it is not the warmest fabric, but the colours seemed to fit this season best.
Being short on time, I opted for a pattern I had used before: no. 7 from Knipmode 10/2009. For the first version, which dates back to 2010, I used vintage cotton with a Paisley print (I am wearing it in this post). Although that skirt had some flaws, I wore it frequently up to 3 years ago. Now it is semi-retired. I still love that fabric, though!
The fabric used in the magazine – a gorgeous ombré-dyed wool crepe – is much more drapey than my stable cotton. The pattern has you secure the pleats with two horizontal lines of stitching. I tried this on my first version, but it did not work well in cotton, so I sewed them like ordinary pleats. As my fabric was only 90cm wide, I had to narrow the skirt a little, but I do not think this makes a big difference.
Something that bugged me about the skirt I made 6 years ago were the gaping and sloppy-looking pockets. This time around, I made sure to stay-stitch and reinforce the pocket openings. They are still gaping a bit, but I think that might also be due to the fabric and/or where the pleats are opening up.
The instructions have you leave the skirt unlined and use a facing instead of a waistband. This version is lined and I considered adding a waistband too. I, however, wanted to be able to wear it a bit below the waist and so I improvised and reinforced the waistline with bias tape on the inside. Nowadays, I regularly wear my shirts or blouses tucked into my skirts, so I wanted the waistline to look neat (it looked pretty messy on my first version).
Enough about the machine (for now), back to the skirt: as the pictures show, the fabric looks brighter and greener from a distance and I am still trying to figure out what to wear with it. Most of my basics are black, but I think a brown or green top might be a better match? I grabbed the green scarf on the way out and it was too cold to take it off, but perhaps a cardigan in that colour could work?
Materials and cost
Fabric: 90cm x 1.7m floral cotton, thrifted (Öppna Hjärtat), SEK 25 (c. EUR 2.60).
Notions: 2.5m bias tape, Stoff & Stil, c. SEK 12 (c. EUR 1.20). Zipper and lining from deep stash, no idea how much I paid for them, but it cannot have been much.