I’m working on pieces that will pack and travel well as Sgt T. and I will be taking off for a few days of R&R very soon. One such piece that I just finished is Butterick 6180, a Katherine Tilton pattern for a very cool maxi skirt. Here are the pictures from the pattern envelope:
I saw the fabric that I wanted to use for this skirt a few weeks ago in my local Fabricland. It was a lovely knit with stripes of dark taupe, black and cream. Sadly, others must have found it to be lovely too as there wasn’t a scrap left when I went back. Lesson learned.
Instead, I bought a multi print ponte knit in shades of black, beige, cream and white with some teal thrown in for good measure. And while I don’t have the full definition of the piecing as seen on the pattern envelope, I am happy with the end result all the same.
For those of you who have designs on making this skirt, a word of warning; it runs quite large. I tried it on once I had basted the waistband. It hung like a sack without any of the fitting through the hips that I had expected. Removing the waistband, I took the skirt in a little more than half an inch on each of the sides. This did the trick and I then had the fit and flare that I was after.
Speaking of the waistband, I really like the comfy, yoga style. The pattern piece is a long shaped rectangle. This gets folded in half lengthwise and the raw ends are stitched to the skirt. It looks like this:
This is then folded in half again lengthwise to look like this:
The pieces are quite fun to put together and I can see doing this in stripes, multi colours or co-ordinating prints. Here is a look at the inside so that you can see what I mean:
Essentially, the skirt as you can see is comprised of three angle cut pieces and one waistband. The front and back are the same – pull on and go.
Here is a picture of me in it. I’ve paired it with a white tank and a knit sweater that I have had forever and a day.
And because I am 5’10”, here is a different shot so you can see the length.
I know! I am sporting a pair of the pastiest legs you ever want to see. What can I say…it has been a long winter, for sure!
Finally, here is a shot that has given us all a laugh. Our curious pup was trying to figure out the noise coming from the camera and ended up taking his own picture.
I give you…Australian Shepherd canine selfie. It’s a little blurry but not bad for a first attempt.
Bye for now,