Finished! I even took it in a little before work this morning, how perfect is that. I love how swingy and comfortable this is. I got a handful of compliments on it today, which is quite an accomplishment when you work in an office full of male accountants.
It is super comfortable to wear. There is just enough fullness in the skirt for wearability, but it lays straight without looking too poofy.
Oh, those are Bettye Muller shoes. They look fabulous, but they hurt after about 6 hours at the office. They are the tallest heels that I have, and I must say that I am breaking them in! I fell in love with the heel shape.
I am currently celebrating with a quick drink, and a pattern review so stay tuned for more details.
This doesn't count for the natural fibers contest that I was hoping for, but i still have two weeks.
I set aside that dress 2758 to work on the fit, and tried to get Marfy 2280 done this weekend. I got close! Seriously, how long can one skirt take? Well, when you add in one movie (Dark Shadows which I highly recommend to those who appreciate the dark side of Johny Depp), some gardening and a couple of naps it takes a weekend and maybe an evening or two. The pattern is Marfy 2280 seen here:
Since the largest size the skirt comes in is a 46 (30 3/4" or 78 cm waist by pattern guide, actual measurement is 32" or 81cm) and it is only 18" long, I had to add 6" to the length and 4" to the waist. Is it still the same pattern then, or just a desperate exercise in denial?
LOL! Denial is such a fun place to visit!
I decided to add 4 1/2" to the top section (above the pleats) and 1 1/2" to the hem. This will make it a little flippy at the hem without looking overtly pleated.
Notes about the pattern: As you can see form the plaid in the drawing, the hip insets are cut on the bias. Even if you don't cut this in plaid, the bias is a nice touch for a little ease in the hips so it doesn't sit so tight. This also means that I BARELY got it out of this wonderful 1 5/8 yard (45" wide) remnant from Roz @ Sew Much Fabric in Houston. This is navy leopard print is actually 80% silk and 20% cotton from Designer 3.1 Phillip Lim. It has all the softness of silk, but the substantial hand of cotton. It is a wonderful weight for a dress or skirt. If I had had more, it would be a dress. Having the sides cut on the bias also means that I am putting the zipper in the back instead of trying to get it to lay flat on my hip.
Also, the bottom pleats make it almost straight across the bottom which is the selvage. It only curves up 1/2" from the center front to the sides so it will be quite easy to hem. Yes, that means that I cut it cross grain in order to get it out of 45" wide fabric. I will try to forgive myself...
As of this morning, I have the body together and the zipper sewn in. I just need to put the lining together and sew it on with the waistband, then hem it and I am done. I hope to post more complete pictures in the next few days.