Monday, 29 December 2014

Autumn Skirt

Now, I know that autumn is quite a long way past, but there is something about this skirt that just screams autumn to me! Maybe it's the colours, and the texture, and the shortness, and the wear with tight-ness, but something about it just makes me think of kicking through leaves in a park, and the new feeling of being cold and wearing more layers than summer called for. Autumn through and through!

Well, after a hint a few weeks ago, here is what happened with Lekala 5048:
I apologise for the awful faces - the winter sun was low low low and shining in my eyes!

I envisioned a little sixties skirt - short and cute and flippy, and I've got pretty much exactly what I wanted. The pattern was nice and easy to follow, and the pdf went together nicely. I knew from the start that I didn't want the belt, however, there was no way of printing the other pattern pieces without the belt so all 20 pages were printed out.
I was worried about how it was going to come out, as once you put your sizes into the website, the pattern comes with no option for other sizes. As it was, it was fine. I have pulled it in at the waist a little bit, as it was a little too big, but it seems fine now, and I've worn it all day today with no issues.
Even though the pattern never called for a lining I added one to the bottom of the facing as I knew that I would prefer to have one. With a wool skirt, I can't see myself ever pulling on a slip to wear it, so I just don't think I would reach for it if I couldn't wear it with tights. The lining I already had (it's the lining for the non-stretch bridesmaid outfit that never happened. I am going to be lining stuff in that purple lining for the next 40 years, I have so much of it!) and it was fine. A bit fray-ay (word?) but not too bad. The zip was one I already had, and it's the first zip I've shortened, which was fun! The end is now encased in a pretty bit of fabric, finished before I realised that I would never see it again once the lining was on. Ocht weel, maybe it's the same feeling as wearing really nice undies - at least I know it's nice!
It's so easy to wear that I am delighted with the skirt really. The fabric was interesting to work with, shall we say. Some (all) of the darts are pretty chaotic, and the zip is just plain bonkers as the thick felty bits did not want to sew straight. The same with the hem. It's kinda crazy, but I don't think anyone would notice while it's on, so it's fiiine!
I'm going to try wearing it to work tomorrow so hopefully it will last the day. I don't know what I'll do when it comes to washing it - hand wash definitely, and then a very delicate spin? I never prewashed the wool (I know, I know), so I don't know how it will react. I'm a fool! I think I was expecting not to like the skirt very much, but I do, and now I wish I'd taken the time to prewash the wool and to make sure that it would go in the machine okay.
And bonus: it goes well with my woodland cape!
(Apologies for the face again!)

Thanks for reading, I'd love to know what you think!

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