|Excuse the wrinkles!|
I kicked off my Autumn sewing this year with a sort of Frankenpattern of a skirt that I'd been idly musing on for a while. It's a mash-up of the Colette Ginger and Megan Nielsen Kelly skirts, chosen because I love the button-up style of Kelly but the pleats (especially in the back) of that pattern were never flattering on my generous badonkadonk. I much prefer an A-line shape, so a mix of Ginger and Kelly seemed perfect. I dubbed this skirt 'Gingerly' to myself whilst making it, but it has now become the TARDIS skirt, for reasons that'll expand on in a second...
Fabric-wise, I'd been on the lookout for a nice rust-coloured corduroy for a while, and was so pleased when I found this stuff on Truro Fabrics. Stupidly, though, I didn't read the description very well and was disappointed to find it quite lightweight. I umm-ed and ahh-ed for a while, debated finding an alternative, thicker fabric, but then a friend suggested the genius idea of underlining it with a stiffer cotton, effectively using that as an attractive version of a sew-in interfacing. And I had just the stuff!
Ahem, sorry :D
Construction-wise this went really smoothly. I cut each pattern piece (except the pocket facing) in both the cotton and corduroy, then tacked the pieces together before working with them as usual. I mainly used the Ginger pattern pieces but adjusted them for the front placket as per the Kelly front pieces, and I reduced the height of the waistband to 3cm about as I'm pretty short-waisted. I completely forgot to interface the placket, which was a stupid move, as the fabric really likes to wrinkle around the top of that area. Oh well, something to remember for next time!
Like a few other people who've made this pattern I inverted the pleat and stitched it together partway, as this fabric doesn't hold creases very well. I used a bog-standard shop-bought bias binding for the neckline and armholes. Boring but straightforward!
I really love this pattern. Come next summer I can see a few cotton versions making their way into my wardrobe!
So that's my autumn/winter sewing off to a good start! Hopefully in the next few months I'll add to it with a McCalls 4769 shirtdress in a mid-blue chambray, a Dixie DIY ballet dress in dark blue floral ponte knit, a chiffon New Look 6808 top, and a bucketload of knitting.
How about you guys? I'd love to hear about your autumn/winter sewing plans!