I’m halfway through my Seamless Pledge (in which I sew or thrift any new clothing) and thought I’d mark the occasion by sharing a very useful garment I completed this weekend.
I used a cotton/linen denim blend, which was great to work with. It has a slight sheen to it that isn’t visible in the photographs AND doesn’t wrinkle that much despite being a blend of two wrinkle-prone fibers. The pattern is McCall’s 5591, which I recommend if you’re in the market for a skirt of this type. It has a curved waistband, so I avoided the awkward gaping issues I experienced with my Kelly skirt, and I think the pleats are in really flattering locations.
I love almost everything better about the new place we moved into recently, but I do miss my concrete staircase and grey walls for taking pictures! I’ve tried a number of locations trying to document this skirt but haven’t found The Spot yet. I might need to venture further than my backyard.
Anyway, the design is a step outside of my comfort zone, style-wise. Knee-length, voluminous… I think the denim does a nice job of un-sweetening it, though. It’s also nice to have a skirt that is unmistakably work-appropriate.
I think this garment is a good example of Seamless-inspired sewing. Even though I didn’t buy many new garments last year, I also didn’t focus nearly as much on sewing useful additions to my wardrobe. I’m thinking about making at least one pair of leggings and a couple of tanks, which I probably would have purchased new as people don’t tend to give them away to thrift shops in wearable condition! A light jacket and perhaps a winter jacket are also on my radar as useful projects.
If you’re doing the Seamless Pledge, has it changed your sewing habits?