Dresses and skirts have been on my sewing list ever since ejvc explained their importance in the average woman’s wardrobe. (The link goes to her blog but not the appropriate post). I wear my summer dresses and I have one simple tube skirt that I wear in the winter. Several dresses and skirts have appeared in my wardrobe to be worn once and the passed along. And I keep looking at dresses and skirts, thinking of their relevancy and occasionally making another. Rhonda Buss’s All Points Skirt really intrigued me; and since I do wear my tube skirt frequently, I thought adding another and an interesting skirt would be a good idea.
I chose a 30″ length because that’s the length of the frequently-worn-skirt already-in-my-closet. It’s frequently worn because the length is both flattering to my leg and short enough that I don’t trip on it while going up and down the stairs. Stairs are an important consideration for me. I traverse the stairs in my house several times daily. Everywhere I go, there seems to be a stair or two. Yes I know “everybody” knows that the prairie is flat lands. But truth is the prairie is is rolling hills that have to be flattened or carved into in order to build structures. Basements and cellars are important safety provisions in Tornado-Land aka The Prairie. Hence, stairs are an important consideration; and 30″ skirts are the best choice for me. Whew…
But look again at the skirt at made at the 30″ length:
It drags the ground. Mimie, my dress form, is about an 1 shorter than me. Raising the skirt 1″ isn’t going to solve my problem. I tried some ugly draping. ‘Nuff said. I tried hemming the dragging sides. By the time the sides are high enough to no longer drag, a crotch high slit has been developed. I’m not a Hollywood Fashionista. I’m an elderly, Mid-Western woman. I’m pushing the envelope of “acceptable dress” adding such a unique skirt. A crotch high slit, even on the side, is apt to have me the subject of next Sunday’s sermon. Not my goal in life. Nope.
So how can I fix this skirt? Well I cut triangles off of each corner. I measured 12″ up from the corner, laid my clear ruler across and slashed the fabric; repeat with 5 other corners. I believe my final skirt has 12 points instead of 6, but it will be wearable:
I finished the skirt with an elastic waistband and a Serger rolled-edged hem. My fabric is a polyester crepe, a Walmart find of long ago. It has a lovely straight drape. So even though it is a very full skirt giving me lots of movement room, it gives the appearance of a straight skirt with a very interesting hem. But it’s not wearable–yet. My fabric is translucent. Not transparent. You can’t completely see through the fabric, but with a light behind me I may as well not be wearing the skirt at all. I need either a lining or a slip. I hunted in my stash and have decided upon a half slip. When I get that done my skirt will be wearable.
Now the $64,000 question: Will you make this again?
No. There is a massive, heavy amount of fabric to be working with. At times it really is a struggle. The instructions say “tear” the fabric. Well I couldn’t line this fabric on my cutting table for even cuts, so tear it was. Which left me with multiple thread ends to later trim but only after they’d been caught by the wheels of my chair and the buckles of my shoes. Because of the length of skirt I wanted, I used over 3 yards of fabric. I have left-over a huge 30″ x 72″ piece and of course 12 odd triangular shapes. The skirt is heavy to wear. While the skirt looks neat on others, I’m not so sure I like how it hangs down and pulls down in specific places. I’m glad I choose the WM fabric, because I can wear the skirt a few times and if I decide I really don’t like it– it can be gone without regret.