I’ve blogged previously and effusively about maxi skirts (having sewn them in polka dots, border prints, and semi-sheer) so to recap just briefly, I completely heart them because: 1. They suit all seasons. 2. They work for tall girls. 3. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t shaved your legs.
This particular maxi skirt has added serendipity – the fabric is from a thrifted pair of curtains (£4.99 from the charity shop), thus already fully lined and hemmed – and the print combines all three of my ultimate summer colours, yellow, coral and blue:
These are the luscious shades I paint my nails in, fill my wardrobe with, and generally gravitate to as soon as the sun comes out. I usually have at least one or two in each summer outfit, but when all three of them come together… it’s like ice-cream for the eyes. These colours just make me Seriously Happy.
The skirt is based on the Victory Hazel pattern, again! I added a total of 8 inches to the front piece, to get 4x 1″ pleats across the centre for adequate bump space, and extended it to the floor. I cut the outer fabric and lining at the same time (for maximum speed, accepting slightly reduced accuracy) and kept the original hems throughout (more measuring, but less sewing).
The back piece has no extra pleats, and is cut lower than the front. This is one of the features I do like on Megan Nielsen’s Maternity Skirt – it feels comfortable and sits naturally in the small of the back – so I used that pattern as a guide for the curves. Then the top is just folded over and stitched to create a casing for the elastic.
And of course, there’s every skirt’s most important feature – pockets.
In hindsight, it could’ve done with being more A-line, to have sufficient volume at ankle-level… but hey, I’m not exactly striding along at the moment, so there’s enough space for my waddling gait.
Which colours are you buzzing about this summer?