The little red skirt
I wanted an autumn skirt, simple and easy to wear. I looked for a pattern and found this one : Salme 142, available in PDF. Perfect for an impulsive sewing project. Printed and cut in a few minutes, I just needed to find the perfect fabric. The pdf is only about 15 pages, you have a pattern for each side of the skirt, and then you have to draw the belt with the measurements given. I went fabric shopping to Fabricville, this big shop outside of Montreal, but where it is hard to find fabric with prints. I was looking for autumn colors fabric like “mustard”, but couldn’t find it anywhere. Do you have any addresses?
So anyway, I wanted a red fabric, quite fluid but not too thin considering it is getting quite chilly here. I found a “crepe” fabric but the meter was 25$ (duh!) so way over my budget for this kind of project. In the end I found a gabardine fabric with a tiny bit of stretch in it, and fluid. Cutting the pattern on the fabric takes less than 15 minutes, the perfect timing for a quick and well-made project.
This pattern is written in english, with good explanations, and is for begginers. You have to sew the two skirts together, add interfacing on the belt, sew the belt on the skirt, insert the zip, hem the bottom and you are done! I’ve made the size UK 6, but decided to go with the length of the size 20. I’d rather have too much fabric than not enough right! The pattern doesn’t have seams allowance so don’t forget this step! I had troubles with my invisible zip, again! Already had that mistake on my Cambie dress, and I apparently don’t always learn from my mistake. Basically the zip got stuck in the belt because I didn’t cut enough the seam allowance, and I broke it. Well done Anna considering their price! Anyway, I was luck enough to have a red visible zip left, so I used that one instead.
For the bottom hem I used By Hand London’s tutorial number 1 called “Perfectly folded hem”. I used it already for other projects. The problem with circle skirt is that it is harder to hem the bottom and if you don’t do it right then the fabric curls a bit if you know what I mean. This circle skirt is a very good basic to have in your wardrobe and I think I’ll probably make others like that in different colours. Be careful with the wind tho, I think some people may have seen under my skirt the other day when I went in the metro (oupsi, I’ll be careful next time). This project can be sewn in a few hours, and sometimes it feels so good! The top I’m wearing is from Forever 21 and I bought it because it reminds me of a pattern I really have to make, the Nettie top from Closet Case File! An other one on the list!
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Skirt : Homemade, Salme 142
Top : Forever 21
Shoes : Tom’s
Photographs : Oratoire Saint Joseph, Montréal