As much as I love the style of this skirt, and was eager to finish and wear it, I have to admit, I'm not in love with it. I chose a dark checked cotton from Ditto fabrics simply because I prefer dark colours on my lower half. It's beautifully light and soft enough to be comfortable in spring and summer, but paired with my trusty Pretty Polly thermals and boots, it can do double duty as a wool look skirt in winter. So far, so good.
But it's not perfect. First, the fit is a bit off. I used the ever fabulous Tilly's guidelines for self drafting the very easy pattern for the skirt. And while I carefully cut everything so as the lines of the checks would be even all the way around (therefore making it a snap to hem, in theory) in reality, as is so often the case with me, there was a mishap, and the fabric slipped while I cut it when it was folded. So no nice symmetry. I can live with that though. The waistband is a bit loose too. I think I placed the waistband button incorrectly. It's too far to the left (as we look at it in the photo) and it's causing some unpleasant gaping between the next button down. I'm hoping moving the button will fix it, and also make it feel more snug on.
I've worn this skirt out, though on that particular day we were running rather late and I ended up shoving my bare legs into black ankle boots on my way out the door. Not my best look. Maybe that contributes to me not quite feeling the skirt. The other thing is, that while this type of skirt, with a fitted waist and loose around the hips, is my go to style, there's something about this skirt (and, for that matter, Sewaholic's crescent skirt) that just isn't working for me. The Hollyburn skirt works so well though, and is similarly fit only in the waist. I think the difference is the gathers, which do nothing for my Kardashian proportioned rear and make me look as though I'm wearing a bustle. The guidelines for making the skirt actually allow you to increase or decrease the amount of volume, but I went with what worked for Tilly, and effectively, the skirt is twice my hip measurement, which I'm learning is too much for my build. I think the combinations of nipped in waist and generous gathers exaggerates my hips and bum more than I'd like
I'll hopefully get a few photos of me in the skirt soon, and you can give me your opinion. I hope fixing the waist and styling it more carefully will help allay my misgivings, because I do love the fabric and the style. I was planning to make it again, in black broderie anglaise with red buttons. Next time though, I may only make it 1.5 times my waist, if not less.
I'm reluctant to talk about the cost of this skirt, since it may end up not working. I suppose though, if I'm still not feeling it, it would be simple enough to remove some of the volume.
Fabric: £15 in total.
Thread & interfacing: stash
I'm hapy with the cost here, as it could be a very wearable skirt. And if nothing else, it has taught me once and for all that waist gathers are not my friend!