Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sewing Weekend, Part 3


The plaid skirt I set out to make is done except for the hem, which will only take a few minutes — especially since my coverstitcher is already threaded and ready. I didn't add a kick pleat to this one, but I lined it since the plaid knit is very soft and I was afraid of Velcro-butt when wearing with pantyhose. I found a pair of PJs pants from which to nick some elastic, thereby avoiding an impulse trip to Joann's.


The main reason I omitted the kick pleat was this fabric was a PITA to lay straight on my cutting table. It's very drapey, even laying flat. I ended up cutting single layer, which was tedious enough with only half a pattern. I didn't want to risk a center back seam that was off just a smidge. Luckily, my OCD (and a gazillion pins) paid off and my side seams match exactly.

I like the skirt a lot. The only problem is that it's going to be an orphan unless/until I find/make something to wear with it.

Instead of starting on the top from the coordinating solid fabric, I decided I'm sending the fabric back. The color is perfect, but the knit is just not a nice knit. This (and the other colors I bought at the same time, which are also going back) are Fabric.com's single knit jerseys. Don't buy any. Luckily my 30-day return window still has 2 more days so I'm within the time limit. I don't even want any of this for crappy muslins.

So now I'm going to go veg for a while in front of the tube while shopping online fabric and apparel retailers to see what I can come up with. It's going to be hard to match the wine color so I'm thinking a drapey white blouse would work, with a scarf or a vest or something. I like to dress "in three's." I was hoping my off-white twinset would do, but the contrast in the plaid is white, not off-white, and the two (three?) don't look good together.

And now I see why the Muse was telling me to make those other items first. She was right.

13 comments:

Pam from South Australia said...

Another great skirt. Good luck with your colour matching for a top. I'm sure you will nail it.

marysews said...

Similar to your thought that this skirt might become an orphan, my first thought on seeing this was, "That's not one of her normal colors!"

Kristine said...

Pretty skirt, I love the fabric! Good luck finding a mate for it... A solid ivory or white top wouldn't work?

Aminat said...

Great skirt the fabric is lovely

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Another great work skirt! I hope you find the right color in the knit you want soon.

BeaJay said...

Love the fabric. I hear what your saying about the single knit. I purchased a lot that I am going to use a lining for chiffon style fabric. I also just recieved some ponte knit that I am disappointed with. Problem is sending it back to the USA would cost too much in postage. Envious of you guys over there with the great online fabric places.

I look forward to seeing what you pair it with.

SueC56 said...

I love the color of the fabric. I know what you mean about orphans. I'm working hard to avoid that this year. We'll see how that goes. Sorry you have to return your fabric. That's no fun.

Lori said...

Another pretty skirt, hope you found fabric to coordinate with it.

garnet128 said...

Another great skirt...hope you can match it soon. Tnks for the warning on the single knit from fabric.com I have 4 in my cart right now that I just havn't hit the buy button for yet. But someone else had a good idea to use it under sheer fabrics.

Laceflower said...

Lovely skirt; I hope it behaves when you wear it.
I've have had less than stellar success with Fabric Mart. Fabric shopping online is sometimes a crap shoot.

LinB said...

Navy, charcoal grey, and black are also classic combinations with burgundy. I've also seen it paired with chocolate brown, which looked fresh and young and somehow edible, like chocolate-covererd cherries. Don't limit yourself to white!

lazysubculturalgirl said...

Good luck with the fabric matching! Tonal colors can work together if you're not too fussy about a match, but I don't really see you wearing anything in the same palette as this skirt.

One good reason why I gravitate towards black, gray and denim....they really do go with everything.

velosewer said...

I think linb has the right idea for top colours to go with this skirt. I'm really pleased you can return your fabrics too.