Although this skirt is part of my capsule wardrobe, I think the brightly coloured and patterned fabric makes it feel not so basic.
The fabric was a remnant from someone else's project purchased online, it cost just a couple of pounds, and I'm really glad I bought it - you can't help being cheerful wearing a skirt like this :)
I think the fabric is a cotton and linen blend. Anyway, it was easy to sew. I lined it because I find cotton A-line skirts wear very quickly without a lining. I used a pale green gauzy cotton that I bought to make shorts for my daughter, not realising it was both too crisp and too transparent! It makes an ideal lining for a summer skirt that will never be worn with tights (it doesn't need to be slippery). One thing I have discovered through sewing is that I am definitely a 'liner' rather than a slip wearer. Although I have a couple of half-waist slips I much prefer putting on one layer.
Here's the pattern, the 'other half' of my old denim skirt.
I followed all the directions this time and made no alterations, even to the length, apart from adding lining. Strangely, it turned out to be exactly the same length as my recently made red big pockets skirt (which I fiddled around with), out of the envelope. It's an easy pattern to sew, takes little fabric and I recommend it.
I also made my first belt loops! Making belt loops is so satisfying - or that could just be me! My eldest daughter contributed an unwanted (by her) red belt to pick out the red top stitching.
First ever belt loops *proud*! One is imperfect, but I'm happy with my first try.
The skirt is really a case of heart over head as if my colour analyst saw this she would be shaking her head over her wasted time. I really do love my autumn palette, but right now I am drawn to bright colours. Maybe because it's summer? Anyway, I'll be pairing this with navy, red or black (which I can wear if I'm showing enough skin), and will try to resist the lure of those cool blues and greens.
Does the season influence your colour palette, or are you fabulously consistent?
Happy sewing, 'til next time!