21.2.10

My uniform


 

There was not much time for sewing this weekend, as we were building the kids a skate ramp, but I did manage to whip this skirt up in 10 minute intervals.  I'm a pretty conservative dresser, and although I have entended myself in recent years, I like having my fallback "uniform" of printed, cotton, a-line skirts and a t-shirt.  It gets me through most kid-orientated activities without flashing my knickers or exposing my bra.
The pattern is the "Skyline Skirt" from Twinkle Sews, which is a cute variation on an A-line, gored skirt.  The front and the back of the skirt are identical, to keep all the jagged lines even.  The pattern is for a lined skirt, but I didn't line mine and I added a narrow waistband.

The upper fabric is a tablecloth that I picked up at Vinnies.  The lower fabric is a Japanese cotton from Tessuti.  The 2 came together in a serendipitous moment when I was re-sorting my stash (a.k.a. a therapy session).  I love this spotty fabric, and although I bought it for a skirt, I didn't want a huge expanse of dots across my expansive rear.  I think the jagged lines in the skirt design were the perfect solution for this problem.  In order to get the tablecloth edges lining up with the jagged edges, I had to cut it off-grain, which has resulted in the top sections twisting as I wear it, but I don't think that matters too much.

I'm having trouble deciding what tops to wear it with.  I have green t-shirts which exactly match the leaves, but still seem to contrast too much with the peachy base.  I have tried yellow, mustard, peach and grey, which are all okay but need some accessories that I just don't have.  I have a hot pink / peachy striped top, which is good for bright days!  My favourite is a blue/ brown striped top, which is not a co-ordinating colour at all but seems to be the right colour intensity...and perfectly matches a blue / grey pair of heels that I bought last week.  Ahh, the dilemnas of not wearing neutral basics. 

11 comments:

  1. Wow, that skirt is absolutely gorgeous. You have inspired me, I might slash my pencil skirt blocks and make a Jagged Little Skirt too!!!

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  2. Hey, I like it! The two fabrics look great together. I love the jagged bit. I constantly face the same shirt-skirt dilemma - you won't something to 'go' but not look too matchy-matchy. I'm yet to solve that dilemma with my bird skirt.

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  3. Great little skirt! I really like the mixture of fabrics and the pattern. Really cool!

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  4. the skirt is so cool and its colors are very nice. thanks for sharing this informative post.

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  5. So cute - that tablecloth has probably never looked better - great combination of fabric and pattern. You sure are getting great value out of Twinkle Sews.

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  6. oh, nice combination of fabric and the skirt is just perfect. you made it in 10 min! When did you stick the pattern together, it takes me more than hours to do that. Do you have any tips? anyway it's so nicely done. I'll probably put it on my next things to do list :)

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  7. It's gorgeous, looks so good. What about plain white tank top? Maybe some wooden beads?

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  8. Very cute skirt! I love the fabric combination.

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  9. what a great pattern mix. It's so current but not so over the top that it looks out of place picking up the kids.

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  10. Very nice. I have bought this book too. Just one question (at this stage, anyway), when you print out the patterns, can you use A4 paper, or is it necessary to get US letter size paper? Or doesn't it matter?

    The garments you have made look great, so you have obviously worked out what to do!

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