Oops, guess I kinda lied. In the last post I wrote my next project would be a cropped trench coat. And it was my full intention to go ahead with that project. I even spent several hours altering the pattern for the cropped look that was desired. But during cut-out a few nights ago, something was amiss with the plaid. After I got out my trusty triangle the problem was obvious - the print of the plaid is off grain. Grrr... However, all is not lost. This is 72" wide fabric and, oddly enough, the other half of the width is on grain. Of course that wasn't the side I was currently cutting. I have several yards of this fabric. (It was a marked down decorator print that I purchased years ago.) All the pieces can be cut from the half that is on grain, but I am now totally turned off of this project. Time for something super quick and easy!
Enter the simple A-line skirt design from Burda's February issue. Which I totally would have passed by without a second glance were it not for Eugenia's fabulous two renditions. This fabric is a stretch sateen - one of my all time favorite fabrics to work with - purchased last August to match this knitted sweater. Too bad the fuchsias actually didn't match. Although I don't think head-to-toe fuchsia is a look I'd like. I'm suppose to be finishing as much winter stash as possible while pregnant, but this pretty floral was calling to me.
It's a simple design with slanted side pocket openings and a medium sized waistband. I had only minimal fit issues when attempting to add a bit at the waist for my square shape. Sewing with stretch sateen is always a dream.
I did cut each piece out separately in order to avoid getting two of those hydrangea-looking flowers side by side at a seam and also to balance the colors.
The pockets were edged with bias tape. Both side seams were constructed with french seams.
The back seam also had to be finished with bias tape since it contains the invisible zipper.
I'm not sure what's up next and am feeling a little scattered lately. I've vowed to sew winter but am being influenced by all the pretty florals and floaty things other fellow bloggers are making.