Is there anything better than making a garment with fabric that quickly becomes your favourite ever… and then remembering that you bought some extra yardage, just in case?
While I generally try to keep my stash under control, sometimes I throw another yard or two into the (virtual) basket when I particularly love a fabric, and I don’t know about you, but I’ve never come to regret it. In fact, it’s recently happened to me three times in a row: that stripy lace skirt from the other day? Got another 3 yards! The birdie knit from my draped top? Another 4! And remember the McCall’s M2401 I made from 4-ply silk from EmmaOneSock for my Mum’s Christmas present? Well it turns out that past Jenny bought an extra 2.5 yards. High five, past Jenny!
I’ve been petting the silk for a while, and after creating my new love, the stripy tea-length skirt, I decided that I clearly needed another one, given that I do indeed drink a lot of tea (yes, I’m a walking stereotype).
I was originally going to draft a half-circle skirt but then I realized it just wouldn’t fit on my fabric without creating lots of panels – if your waist is over about 37 inches I think you face this if you want a skirt longer than a mini. Instead, I picked up Butterick B5929, a simple six-sectioned skirt pattern with options for a pleated and pocketed version, or a more flowy, faced verison.
Wanting the maximum flow and optimal tea-lengthi-ness, I went for version D, which has the waist facing. It was an extremely easy and quick make, helped by the gorgeousness of the firm silk – no shifting about there. I made up the 22 which was theoretically 2 inches too small at the waist according to the finished measurements, but I skipped the easing in the pattern instructions and it fits totally fine. It does hit me at the widest point of my legs, but you know what, I really don’t care. I love it, and screw flattering!
And the final result is totally twirl-tastic.
Plus, I match my Mum! I feel like we need to have a “bring your Mum to work” day at my office so that we can parade around in matching outfits. Because that wouldn’t be weird at all, right?
|Spot the difference!|
Have you ever made your Mum and yourself matching outfits, dear readers? I’m dearly hoping so. And for photo evidence.