Graphic Mini Skirt
Let me tell you a little story of a mini-skirt. I ordered one meter of this fabric from the shop Pretty Mercerie in January, and I knew which pattern I wanted to use before I even received this fabric at home. My choice would be the Nasha mini skirt from Named (I know, it looks nothing like it on my pictures, I’ll explain why shortly..). I bought the pattern online, as pdf and read a few blogs to get an opinion on this pattern. They were not always good, and people were mentioning the small size of this pattern. I went for the size 34 with seam allowance, which are my normal measurements, and added an extra seam allowance all around.
I had trouble to understand the explanations in english even though usually I’m really comfortable with this language! To be honest, there were moments I was completely lost. They do have diagrams to help you, but it didn’t help me at all! It took me time to understand their logic and when I finally did, it was nice to see the skirt coming in until …. I tried it on! Too small! I couldn’t believe it!!! It did fit, however it was very tight and I wasn’t comfy at all in it! The other thing was movement was very limited, it was difficult to walk far. I was so disappointed! My perfect fabric ruined, and all my hopes on the pattern were gone. So I had to leave it on a side for a few weeks.
I was lucky enough to have my friend Maggot who showed me a mini skirt from Burda 07/2013 thinking it could fit on the rest of my fabric. I’s a very simple skirt with a zip on the side, so quick to make. So Friday night, before the week-end, I attempted to fit my pattern in the fabric and … it did!!! I was so relieved. Because straight skirt are not my favorite, I tried to give it a trapeze shape. I went for a 36 Burda, but it was quite too big and I had to reduce it on each side, I forgot that Burda fits slightly larger than average!
As it’s a very simple and quick make, I added two round pockets on each side to give it a 60’s look.
Regarding the fabric, I chose the Jacquard Graphique light blue from Pretty Mercerie which is now sold out in the shop. If you like it, it’s back in two new colours : bleu patriote & blanc and in sable & blanc. I washed the fabric before I sewed it and the colours stayed well. It was quite easy to work with, but you really have to use the serger on the sides because it can fray a lot. It is quite thick but I find it perfect for a skirt for the mid-season. Even Mister said that he loved the fabric, Score!!!
All in all I’m really relieved to find a last chance project for this fabric and at least I can wear my skirt starting now! As you can see I’m still wearing thick tights but as least It’s not snowing anymore here! (well, I hope it won’t).
I had an amazing week-end in Boston and decided to take this skirt in my suitcase! We shot it by the Waterfront, and even if the weather wasn’t as nice as in the morning (grey clouds and lot of wind) it was still enjoyable to walk around the city!
Have a nice week y’all !
Pattern : Burda de 07/2013
Size : 36 but reduced on the sides
Fabric : Jacquard Graphique from Pretty Mercerie
Photographs : Boston Waterfront
** Disclaimer : I was not compensated for this post, although I did receive the fabric for free. All the opinions expressed in this post are mine and sincere.