It is an unusual skirt, admittedly. That's OK. One description could focus on the fact that it is softly creamy in shade, ever-so-slightly crinkly in texture, interestingly layered in construction, and easily breezily comfortably summery as a whole. Another could point out that it is made of flippin' curtaining off-cuts for crying out loud, and features ginormous flappy saddlebag things. Well let's not over-romanticise, hmmm? But I like it, nonetheless. And I don't mind curtaining fabric; in fact, one of my most useful and reliable favourites is another curtaining skirt..
I started out with Vogue 8363, a plain, waist-banded pencil skirt with simple variations; and altered it to make it a bit more A-line, cutting the side edges like so; both front and back. And then added my little added designer-y flight of fancy in the form of those big wrap-around bags.
They are basically sacks; like envelopes or pillowslips, that are sewn within long long extensions of the narrow waistband. These cross over at the centre back, wrap around my hips and tie loosely at the front. The skirt closure is the regular kind, by invisible zip in the centre back seam.
I was inspired by this skirt. Does anyone else have a go at actually doing something with their pins? I have pinned LOTS of things, but have only followed through on nutting out making a few. I have big BIG plans for making tonnes of things from my random unbridled pinnings; but the same ol' story; so much inspiration, so little time. And there's only so many clothes that one can in all good conscience add to one's wardrobe. Striking a balance is key, my friends, striking a balance. However I do feel pretty good about this particular skirt since it's pretty much a freebie; made from the off-cuts of Cassie's curtains. I'd found the absolutely perfect thick calico curtains on super special in Spotlight. Correction; the fabric was perfect but the top had been made as pencil pleat curtains, which I loathe and detest with a fiery passion. So I bought them too long and cut off the tops, keeping the hemline intact, and re-sewed the top edge with my preferred triple pleat curtain tape, so they match nearly all the other curtains I've made for our house. And was rewarded with a few pieces of leftover fabric... which I have now put to good use ;) Double, no... triple win!
Skirt; a modification of Vogue 8363, thick calico curtaining fabric, my review of this pattern here
Top; the loose drape top slightly modified, from drape drape by Hisako Sato, white crinkly cotton jersey, all details here
Sandals; Franco Burrone, from Marie Claire boutique