Friday, November 2, 2012

The Hurricane-Made Skirt

I've been busting out some sewing projects these days.  I actually finished this one a few days back but had to alter it down a smidge.  This is the Colette Beignet skirt.  It's the second version I've made of this.  The first one I made in early spring and was a pretty yellow linen one... but it shrunk about a size down after washing it (yes, even with pre-washing the fabric!!)  I can squeeze into it but I don't think I'm fooling anyone with it that tight.

As for this floral Beignet, I cut it and finished it during the big hurricane (in my neck of the woods we were fortunate and had no major problems.)  I happened to see a fellow Mid-Atlantic seamstress made herself a Sandy Beignet, too.  I guess we really need sassy high-waisted skirts around here.

I cut a size 12 and eventually altered the seams down less then an inch around the area between the waist and hip- it was bulging in a weird way.  I excluded the belt, loops and pockets.  Pockets in the hip seam add unwanted bulk for me.  I've got pretty full hips and it's nice to only cut one size.  Colette patterns are friendly to those of us blessed with a backside. 

The fabric is a mid to heavy-ish cotton sateen with a dash of spandex.  I lined it with a heavy polyester that likely isn't meant to be lining material.  I think it may be a brocade?  Whatever it is, it sure frays like a butt. The buttons are some that I had, a delightful 80's vintage plastic.  The Colette patterns are always lovely to work with and this one is no exception.



                  I see Big Bird was checking me out in this one picture and I look none too happy about it.

4 comments:

  1. Cute!! I'm planning to sew this up soon too. Glad to hear that you feel it flatters curvy girls :) It can be so difficult to find a pattern with a waist to hip measurement that doesn't require a lot of adjustment.

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    1. Thanks! I actually find the waist to be a big bit for me after wearing it today... but it's almost spot on and that's one of the many things I love about this skirt.

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  2. Yay! Looks great. Glad to see that you and your Beignet made it safely through the storm. I like the fun colors -- I tend to make only solid color skirts and forget that I can use prints, ha.

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    1. Thank you!! I usually am a solids kind of person but I am trying hard to shake things up with prints in the last few months.

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