Only two weeks ago we had our last snowfall, but this weekend spring finally seems to have arrived in Eastern Canada. Coinciding nicely with the arrival of my first homemade skirt :)
The pattern is 2451 Simplicity, Version D. I saw a helpful write-up on Pattern Review for this skirt by Alice of Moonbeam. I really liked her version, so thought I'd give it a try.
I made it with my sewing teacher Mili. So this will only be a short post, as I don't have any construction notes/tips (they are all in her head!) The process was easy for me as she had traced all the pattern pieces and made a muslin that fitted me perfectly. It's like when famous chefs do TV cooking shows. They can just rock up at the last minute as someone has already done all the hard work of measuring and chopping the ingredients for them. Mili is the sewing equivalent of that!
I really like the fabric. It's Free Spirit, Karavan (Peacock) by Valorie Wells. I like to think it's a bit psychedelic sixties.
The back isn't perfect. But for a first attempt it's wearable. A beginner's error was that I didn't align the pattern when I cut out the two back panels. It's quite a busy, chaotic pattern though so from a distance it's not too obvious.
I'm a big fan of the design of this skirt pattern. It's very me, and I can see myself making several different versions in lots of funky fabrics. Indeed I'm already half-way through making a bright aqua blue version.
I'm also inspired by the 'Me-Made-May' challenge, of wearing homemade clothes all of next month. With my one skirt, and one halterneck top, I'm well on my way... ahem! But I'd love to give it a go next year, and hope to have enough items in my wardrobe to pledge to wear three me-made items each week of May. It will probably consist of a dozen different versions of this skirt but I think that will still count!