Another day, another finished sewing project - hooray for holidays at home!
I swooped upon this skirt pattern the day it was released.
I had been looking out for a midi-length style that didn't scream "frumpy middle-aged woman stuck in a time-warp" and hopefully this is it.
Though I must admit that the thick black tights and brogues might be a little bit Maria Von Trapp with this hemline.
I reckon I need a pair of funky clogs ;)
One of the best things about this pattern is the humongous pocketty goodness.
They are deep enough to hold a bottle or two of wine, or a couple of kittens, if you prefer!
Definitely Roo-pockets... for those of us with marsupial tendencies :)
The other great thing about this skirt is the shaped waistband.
Unlike the band on the Kelly Skirt, this one delivers a high fitted shape while allowing you to breathe.
And the gathers fall low enough to flatter.
In this fine lightweight denim, I do not feel they give the wearer a balloon at the tummy or hips.
I would hesitate to make it in a heavier fabric though.
And don't forget the exposed zip feature :)
I do enjoy a good set of metal teeth!
The instructions for this one were really clear and helpful.
Pattern: The Brumby Skirt by Megan Nielsen. I bought the paper pattern from Backstitch in the UK, but it is also available as a downloadable pdf. I made size Small and it came out a perfect fit, straight from the packet - hooray!
Fabric: 2.5 metres of 5oz dress-weight denim from Merchant and Mills. It is only £6.75 per metre, and also comes in black. I was initially a bit dubious about the quality of this fabric, as it felt very crisp and dry, even after a pre-wash. However, it softened up a lot as I worked with it, and it irons really well. It is definitely a good choice for this pattern, as it takes the gathers and holds them nicely.
I am pretty sure this is going to be a wardrobe staple, taking the place of my much-loved dark denim Kelly Skirt, which feels a bit too short and tight around the middle these days.
I am wearing it here with my Portfolio top and it feels like a good match. The skirt pockets remind me a lot of the ones in my Portfolio dress, but even bigger - woo hoo! I wore the dress yesterday - it is still going strong and makes me happy after 4 years. I hope this skirt will have the same sort of longevity!
Will I make it again?
I have a terrible longing to use my stashed Little Red Riding Hood-print fabric.. and maybe even adapt it into a dress by adding a bodice?
Eek! Novelty prints strike again!