Regular readers know that most of my sewing projects involve either a vintage pattern or vintage fabric, or both. This skirt is a rare project in which I used new fabric and a current pattern. I don’t, for the most part, look at new patterns, but if I happen to be near one of the big fabric store chains and they are advertising patterns for $1 each, that is pretty hard to resist.
That’s how I ended up with this pattern. I bought it because I liked the loose pleats, and let me honest, because it was $1. The fabric came a little later, a purchase I made while traveling home from Charlotte. I love that Mary Jo’s is right off I-85.
So I finally got around to a bit of sewing, and this pattern was at the top of my list. Because of the plaid, I had to do a bit of matching. This was an easy plaid to match because the variegated color yarn allowed me to match only the colored yarn without any stressing about pattern. I also decided to do the waistband yoke cut on the bias just so I’d not have to worry about how the yarns would match.
Matching side seams make me happy.
I was really happy with how the pleats worked out. The blocks were just the right size for the pleats.
I also decided to line the skirt, mainly because the fabric, though wool, is a bit thin. I was also concerned with itching.
I used an off-white embossed China silk to line the skirt. For the lining I eliminated the pleats, as I did not want that extra bulk. The silk is vintage, a long-time resident of my lining fabric bin.
I finished the skirt last week, and already I’ve worn it several times. Can you tell how cute it is in this really bad mirror photo?