Tuesday, August 31, 2010

B5466: Spring into Fall?

This is a project I completed in the spring, but never got around to blogging. Why? Well, mostly because I finished it, wore it once and decided it wasn't working for me. Don't you hate it when that happens? Put in all this work on a garment and then find yourself not happy with it by the time it's done. Ugh.


The pattern itself was fine - I made view B, a straight skirt with a narrow waistband. I originally cut the 14, but wound up taking out enough width through the waist/hips that it was more like a 12. The revised skirt fit well through the hips, but the waistband was then too snug. I fiddled with it and sort of fixed it, but it still sat higher on my waist than I like. If I were to make this again, I'd cut a 14 at the waist and then taper in to a 12 around the hips. For this pear-shaped gal, that is so counter to the adjustments that I ususally have to make to patterns. So weird! I added a lining because the fabric felt a bit too flimsy without one and used lace for the hem. The actual construction of this skirt is probably one of my best - all of the finishes are clean and feel very RTW. Which made it even more of a bummer that I was so unhappy with the finished product.


I originally purchased the fabric for a spring/summer skirt. I thought it would be pretty paired with grey heels or light brown sandals and a tank/cardigan combo for work. I even went so far as to pick up a new pastel pink cardigan to match the print so I was all set to have a new outfit to wear to work. Unfortunately, none of my shoe and top combinations seemed to work. My shoe choices all felt too dark or too clunky. The skirt sat so high, that the tanks looked funny tucked in, but looked sloppy or too tight left out. I was at a complete loss on how to style the poor thing to make it feel right. Hence, it was relegated to the back of the closet.

We had our fair share of chilly days this summer (so odd here in SoCal) and I pulled this skirt out on one of those mornings, hoping to give it one more shot before I retired it for good. Something about the cool weather and this skirt finally clicked and I ran for my tall boots. Wouldn't you know, flat boots and a 3/4 length sleeve top gave this skirt a whole new look - one that I felt good in! I think the colors had me hung up on making this a spring skirt, whereas for some reason, it works much better as a fall transition piece - even if the colors don't so much read "fall." What's nice is that the lining makes this lightweight skirt suprisingly warm, and will feel even moreso if I pair it with a cozy grey or pastel sweater for a different look.

Now that we are truly in summer temps here, I've put the skirt away for the time being. But, I'm so looking forward to dragging it back out at the first hint of chilly mornings. I guess I was getting a very early jump on fall sewing and I didn't even know it.

15 comments:

Pyjammy Pam said...

hee hee! you are too cute. love that outfit!

Winnie said...

You must do the pigeon toe thing in these pictures. Hee. The skirt looks very cute on you!

Nanette said...

Not a fan of it on the hanger, but I love your solution to "make it work." Super cute!

Karin said...

The skirt looks great with your boots. Good thing you didn't toss it in the Goodwill box before Fall came! I think the colours are pretty flexible, you have some muted greens and dark purples in their. It's not Easter-egg pastels or anything.

KID, MD said...

Great skirt!! I'm glad it is working now!

Gail said...

Why does Autumn have to be dull!

Rosie said...

Great construction/finishing. You certainly made it work!

Vanessa said...

I am glad you are getting to wear an item you worked so hard on! It looks good!

Tameka said...

I really like that skirt on you! I agree with the previous comment about it not being too Easter egg pastel therefore good for fall!

A Sewn Wardrobe said...

I fourth (fifth? Sixth?) that the colors do not scream SPRING! Your skirt's colors are more dusky. From afar, it looks like there's olive and brown in the skirt.

Do you have a camel or mushroomy colored sweater or cardi you could pair with it? That may also make the skirt seem more "fall".

I'm suddenly obsessed w/ olive and purple together, and I think the colors in this skirt are so perfect.

Angela said...

Cute skirt and outfit! I love it paired with the boots!

Eugenia said...

That's a really nice skirt - it looks great with those boots. I think that the colours in the print are gorgeous and will be really nice to wear to brighten up a dull fall day.

Karin van D. said...

I think it combines perfectly indeed with those boots and that top. You look nice!

Handmade said...

A sad story with a happy ending - great work!

wan said...

it looks awesome as you styled it - of course :P