Happy New Year, Cashmerette readers! I hope you all had a lovely holiday, Christmas or otherwise. I was up with the family in Aberdeen, Scotland, indulging in a bevvy of familial Christmas traditions (one highlight being my Dad spending the day wearing every item of clothing he’s been given, which leads to some amusing gifts…)
Like the fool that I am, at 9pm the night before I left for home, I decided – without having started packing – that it would be a jolly good idea to make myself a new skirt. No, I don’t know why. And predictably it wasn’t the most serene experience. Why do we do this to ourselves, fellow sewists? I know I’m not the only one.
Anyhoosles, lucky for me, despite the rush job, I quite like the end result! This is my first attempt at a Hot Pattern, the not-so-succinctly named 1176 Metropolitan Rothko Faux-Wrap Skirt.
Here’s a slightly overexposed closeup so you can see what’s going on in my all black outfit. It’s a faux wrap skirt,with a piece that connects the front underskirt and sideseam, so no flashing potential. It’s made for colourblocking, as there’s a stripe around the middle that swirls around your body. This time, I decided to go for all black so it’s just an interesting seaming detail, but it could be fun in multiple colours.
For the body of the skirt I used a black boucle, ordered online from Mood Fabrics. I do find online ordering from them a bit hit or miss (and yet am frequently too lazy to order a swatch in advance), and this wasn’t quite what I expected – it’s somehow stiff and a bit thin at the same time, and not very soft. That said, it made a skirt, so it did its job.
I was inspired by a really cool diagonal wrap pencil skirt I saw that had a leather stripe down the front, and Laney kindly gave me a perfectly sized strip of faux leather to recreate the same look. I simply overlaid it down the wrap seam, and it was all finished by machine (the outer side was sandwiched with the wrap facing).
Most of the panels are on the bias and they definitely stretched out despite using fusible stay tape through the whole thing – the waist in particular is noticeably bagging out. I followed the size chart and made a 22, but I already took 2 inches out of the waist, and could do with taking another 2 out. I’m not sure whether this is a fabric/bias stretching issue, or whether Hot Patterns runs big – anyone know?
In terms of the pattern itself, it did leave a bit to be desired. The way the sizes are stacked is different to usual, which resulted in a lot of solid black areas where all the size lines merged together, making it very hard to cut your correct size. The instructions were also confusing in places, but it was a fairly simple skirt so that didn’t turn out to be a problem.
My brother took these photos of me in Old Aberdeen, the (very) small part of the city where my parents live (just past the building at the end of the photo above!). It’s mostly taken up by the University of Aberdeen, which was founded in 1495, and is the fifth oldest university in the English-speaking world. There are a bunch of pretty granite terraced houses, little cottage gardens, and King’s College chapel.
The centre of Aberdeen isn’t quite as ancient, but it does feature Marischal College, a grand old building that now houses the city council.
Here’s photographer Tom himself
Anyhow, my last minute sewing paid off because I really like the end result – the length and the angled front seam are flattering and fun, so expect to see more of these from me! What’s your experience with Hot Patterns, readers? How do you find the sizing and pattern layouts? They’re certainly an intriguing option given the generous size range.