I’ve had this printed sateen in my stash for a good long time. It was in a little flat fold at Denver Fabrics and I passed it by a couple of times thinking I’d regret it if I didn’t pick it up. It just screamed at me (hello it’s a teal-ish [not quite as dark] print in a natural fiber) that it wanted to be a skirt. Does fabric talk to you like that?
Fast forward a couple of years, and I picked up Ottobre 5-2007-9 in one of my daydreaming sessions looking through my magazine stash. It’s a basic A-line skirt with some fun patch pockets in front, denim style pockets in back, a hip yoke, and belt loops. I always appreciate Ottobre for their good drafting and excellent basics. Sometimes I get bogged down trying to add too many details. It’s refreshing to do something simple once in a while
I cut a straight 34, but it is definitely big. I could have and probably should have taken the side seams in a little bit. I’m okay with it–it just sits a little lower on my hips than normal, but that’s fine by me. It’s so cool to wear which is a blessed relief when we’ve had a couple of days already in the 80s.
The top is my trial for Maria’s kimono sleeve tee that that I think she will be offering on her website as a download soon. I was lucky enough to get to pretest it. It came together quickly (50 minutes which included fitting the side seams!), and I love the effortless style of it. Also, it’s very cool. My 3/4 length sleeved tops are not going to get as much use I fear if this heat keeps up. As I am not particularly crazy about sleeveless tops, this sleeve is a great alternative. Ladylike, comfortable, fitted enough, yet relaxed. And it takes hardly any fabric at all. I used this remnant of cotton/poly/spandex that I pulled from the $2/lb. table at Denver Fabrics that had this weird bias chunk ruthlessly hacked off of it. I always love heathered grey jersey, so I pick it up when I find it. I had planned to use it for the kids, not really evaluating the spandex amount (a rather girly fiber I think). I was thrilled that I had enough to make this top.
My full review of the skirt is here.
Also, my kids are hilarious: