Years ago, when I first read The Triumph of Individual Style, the big take-away for me was why I'm primarily drawn to solid and textured fabrics or to low contrast prints with curvy lines and small motifs. They work for me.
My absolute favourite motif is paisley and I wear a LOT of black and grey which is why when I saw this knit, I had to have it. As you know, I'm the queen of bargain shopping and almost always wait until fabrics are significantly reduced before I buy them. Not with this one. I was afraid if I waited it'd be gone so I bought it for a good but not a great price and I was right. By the time the rest of the stock was moved to the bargain center, this color had sold out. And then... of course... as so many of us do... you start to hold precious. Instead of cutting it up and using it right away, this yardage has been in stash for at least two years, possibly longer.
Yesterday, when I decided to sew a skirt, the first fabric my eyes landed on was this one and I immediately looked away... and then I looked back. If not now, when? It's a theme. A good one. With stripes, checks, and large motifs, I'm a huge advocate of pattern matching but with smaller organic prints, I much prefer to let the lines morph where they will. Look at the way they lined up along the one side seam. It's almost like I tried hard. I didn't.
I am determined not to overthink so I'm making decisions quicker and dealing with the consequences if and when they come up. My goal was finished. To pick a size, I used the same wrap and pin method as Friday's purple t-shirt. With the stretch factor, the size needed appeared to match the size last sewn so I cut out the pieces and sewed the front half together with 5/8" seams. When I held it up to my body, it appeared I'd need more width across the back so I sewed the back half together with 3/8" seams and then I pinned the side seams, tried it on, and it fit smoothly so I stitched those at 5/8" and turned up and machine stitched a 1/2" hem.
My waist is tipped. It's 1" lower in the front than in the back. If I'm sewing a blouse or a dress, I don't pay any attention to that because the waist needs to be level but if I'm sewing a skirt or pants, I alter the waistband to avoid the front hem dipping downward or pouching at the front of my pants. Above, I measured down 1" at center front and then used the French curve to taper over to the side seam and then...
... I pinned the two layers together and cut off the extra fabric and sewed the waistband on as normal. Because the fabric is stretch, I didn't bother with a zipper. I can pull it over my hips easily and the elastic keeps it snug at the waist. It's simple and done and I love it.
SO... the date on the pattern... which would be the last time I sewed it... and how old all the versions in my closet are... is January 2010... which means I've been wearing those skirts year round for almost three years. That's not outrageous but... as I sew something new, I plan to retire a previous piece. It may mean having a minimalistic wardrobe for slightly longer than I'd anticipated but it's definitely time for a change. Today, another skirt.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - not holding precious, ignoring my critic