I don’t often visit mudflats, and if I did, I probably wouldn’t wear this outfit! But on a grey and dreary day it seemed like as good a place as any to photograph the most colourful thing in my wardrobe.
I bought this eye-poppingly bright Nani Iro double gauze from Miss Matatabi. On the selvedge it says ‘Freedom Gerden’, which must be a typo for ‘Garden’. It makes me chuckle and in essence this is just a very happy skirt!
To make it, I cut two rectangles of fabric roughly twice the length of the finished waistband, and I cut the front one in half and added a button placket to each side. For reduced see-through factor I lined it in cotton voile, and gathered the whole lot up and sewed it to the waistband. I wanted the waistband to sit a bit lower than the narrowest part of my waist, to allow for eating and breathing, so I made it about three inches bigger than my actual waist measurement. It’s perfect and very comfy!
I interfaced the waistband but in the end it wasn’t enough to stop it folding over on itself, so I added my new favourite sewing thing: petersham ribbon. It’s great! It stabilises without adding bulk, looks nice, and feels soft. I hand sewed it in after attaching the waistband but before I did the buttonholes. I’ve also used it in the waistband of some culottes, which are yet to be revealed, but will be soon!
In other sewing news, I’ve decided to make a coat. Lindsay and I are starting coat projects at the same time and have decided to do a coat-along! Feel free to join in if you’d like, we’ve set ourselves a deadline of December 4th (in bold to remind me I should get started!). Lindsay will be making a Gerard coat, and I have plans to embark on this Burda Style bubble coat, sans ruffle. I’ve got a rust coloured wool coating in my stash and a silk twill lining to match. So far my toile is cut out and ready to sew. You can read a bit more about our #coatalong on Lindsay’s blog, along with some links to helpful coat making tips. It’s very low key and just a fun way to keep each other company through a big project. Let me know if you want to join us!