Several weeks ago I bought the 2413 Misses skirt pattern from Project Runway. My first attempt at making this skirt can be seen here in a past blog. That time, I made the skirt to a size 10 but slimmed down the pleats somewhat. I’ve never been completely satisfied with that attempt (though I will be busting it out now and again) and so decided to make another, this time slightly bigger.
Back in June my friend and colleague Nina and I went to African Queen in Brixton Market to buy some fabric for her to attempt to make a dress with my help. This was the time I bought the geometric print fabric with which I made my second wrap dress. Anyway, the problem is that when you buy fabric from African Queen Fabrics or Freeman Textile Ltd in Brixton you have to buy 5.5m at a time. OK, so it is at a bargain price, but there are only so many dresses you want in the same fabric, and I don’t think Nina was going to rush to use her remnant for other crafts. So, I split the fabric with Nina and saved 2.75m for myself. Of course, I couldn’t make a dress in the same fabric either as I didn’t want to run the risk of us both turning up for work one day in almost identical dresses. How would we venture to the park for lunch in that instance?! But I thought we might get away with it if mine’s a skirt. So, I made this:
And, I must say, I’m very happy with it. OK, so I have to wiggle my hips to get it on and to hitch it up. And I can’t stride out as much as I would normally. Which is frankly alright apart from when I’m battling the strong head wind while walking up the slopes in Arsenal tube. But it’s no disaster. I can live with it. The only thing I’d recommend is maybe widening the bottom very slightly (like, a centimetre of so) and using a longer zip. The pattern recommends a 9″ zip, but an extra inch wouldn’t go amiss. And who needs to make the matching belt the pattern requests? I think it’s grand with a leather belt (this one’s from Gap several months ago), but I also plan to team it with a wide brown leather belt I bought a year and a bit ago from a lovely old woman at Greenwich Market.
And the first outing – a surprise trip (/date) to the theatre last night to see Ghost Stories at the Duke of York theatre. My verdict on that? 4 ghouls.