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My Everyday Skirt project started with a situation I am sure all of you know: I bought some fabric and had no idea what to do with it…. But it was so pretty! I picked up this black-golden fabric during a trip to Sri Lanka about two years ago. I went on a fabric shopping binge, after I discovered some fabric shops in the city of Gaul – and, more importantly, discovered how cheap Sri Lankian fabric is! (I already showed you one of my “Sri-Lankian” makes a couple of weeks back, my Purl Soho Tunic). But: At the time of the trip I wasn’t an experienced sewist, and I didn’t realized that a lot of the fabric wasn’t exactly dressmaking fabric…
So although I loved the colours of all of my choices, I couldn’t really figure out what to with them. Until one summer day a couple of months back: I struck a deal with the Munich fabric shop “Stoff & Co” about using their sewing studio for regular sewing blogger meetings. And I was looking around the studio with the lovely owner Bérengère when I noticed a lot of pretty pattern packs on the window sill. Bérengère also owns the pattern label “Malou Paris” (she’s French, as you might have guessed from the name), and was displaying her patterns in the studio. While flipping through them, I found the PERFECT match for my Sri-Lankian fabric: The Everyday Skirt!
The Everyday Skirt is a simple summer skirt that can be dressed up and down depending on fabric choice. It only involves two pattern pieces, the back and the front of the skirt, and therefore is a quick sew. The shape is achieved with pleats all around the waist line, and the skirt is closed with an invisible zipper. To make things even easier, the waist band is finished with bias binding – a nice opportunity to play around a little with colours!
“Malou Paris” only makes paper patterns, and specializes in matching grown-up and kids patterns. So for every pattern, there are two versions – one for the mum and one for the daughter! There’s a little booklet with instructions and corresponding pictures. As a special little detail, each pattern includes a little clothing label that you can sew into your finished garment. I instantly fell in love!
At the next sewing blogger meeting, I picked up some golden bias binding at Stoff & Co and went on to sew the skirt during the meeting. I am super happy with the result – the gold gives me the opportunity to wear the skirt out in the evening, but paired with “only” a T-Shirt, as in the pictures, it’s also a nice “everyday” garment.
The fit for my figure was great – I only made two minor changes: I manipulated the pleats in the back a little in order to accommodate my sway back, and I lengthened the pattern by 2cm. The skirt is meant to be a mini, mini, mini skirt, and I don’t feel comfortable with that length. Since I am super short, 2cm was enough for me to bring it down to my knees. On to the Flying Needle Sewing Blog-Summary:
Fabric: black-gold cotton fabric, bought on Sri Lanka
Changes made: pulled in the pleats a little in the back, and lengthened the skirt by 2cm
Summary: I really like this pattern. It’s straight forward, but provides some “playing around options” through the bias binding at the waist. Will go into my TNT stash!
What about you? Are there any patterns that you instantly connected with fabric in your stash? Feel free to share, I love discovering new pattern companies!
Bérengère from Malou Paris was so kind to provide me with the pattern for free – however, all opinions expressed in this blog are purely my own.