Pow! The moment I saw this fabric on Walthamstow market (£3 a metre) I immediately saw the skirt I wanted to make. It’s a wonderful combination of polka dots and butterflies in a stretch cotton. I wouldn’t recommend this fabric for dresses – a tiny bit too stiff – but it’s perfect for throwing a skirt together. And throw a skirt together, I did!
I didn’t use a pattern. I drafted this baby. Well, I think the word ‘drafted’ suggests a bit more science than I applied. I took my old faithful vintage A skirt pattern and adapted it. I pinched out the darts and traced the top section to make the yoke. Then I traced the rest of the skirt sections, adding 4.5 inches width to each skirt piece for gathering. Um, that was it. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!
The only other thing I needed was an invisible zip that went in like a dream. The waistband is finished with some fairly stiff grosgrain ribbon stitched on to the top right edge, turned to the inside and top stitched down.
Total cost about £10. Job, as they say, done.
I’ve realized I suit this type of skirt better than ones where all the gathering happens on the waist. I have a bit too much belly for my silhouette to cope well with the extra bulk.
If you’re going to play with a border pattern like this, buy more fabric than you would do normally. Surprisingly, this needed three metres to use all the butterflies I could. There’s loads of big scraps left over that can be used on smaller projects.
Have you ever had a flash of inspiration and then just drafted the baby? I recommend it!