No, I’m not giving myself an A+ on my skirt… It’s actually called the A-Plus A-Line Skirt by Twinkle Sews which is a free pattern on BurdaStyle. But I do give the pattern an A+. heh Okay, I’m officially a sewing dork….
Can I just say right now how much I do love this skirt? It’s such a cute skirt design and it’s incredibly comfortable to wear.
The center front pleats make for lovely ease while walking and sitting while the upper hips remain somewhat snug for an A-Line design. But what led me to choose this pattern is that it looked like something that could be modeled as a 40’s design as well as a modern one. I love patterns that cross multiple generations if I simply changed my hair, shoes, and blouse. I was originally going to wear this skirt with a more 40’s look (with a stylized white cardigan) but Felix mentioned I don’t wear enough color. As a result, I’m looking more ‘everyday’ in my modern reddish-coral cardigan and an easy side-ponytail.
I made this skirt using a good quality wool flannel fabric I found at one of my local fabric stores, Fishman’s. I lined this skirt using a grey bemberg, like always. And what’s even better is that the pattern from Burda includes separate pattern pieces for the lining, which is not always the case with commercial patterns, let alone free patterns.
The yoke waistband is faced with a horsehair canvas for stability and I also used a stay-tape at the top of the waistband where the lining is joined together with the skirt (instead of below the yoke).
I’m surprised how many blog posts I’ve made about this skirt:
I finished this skirt officially over my holiday break, but didn’t have a chance to take pictures until quite recently. This skirt was one of the items I had included in my fall sewing plans and I’m happy I was finally able to get it completed.
Felix and I went to take these photographs over our lunch break last week near Millennium Park, in a side area called Lurie Garden. It was a very pleasant day out I didn’t even need my coat.
I wished I had worn a blouse that showed off the yoke of the skirt a bit better. The waist line of the skirt hits just below my actual waistline and when I tuck in shirts I look nice and trim. I like it paired with this sweater, but it seems to end up making me look a bit too ‘hippy’.
Would I make this skirt again? You bet! I think I need it in a ruby-red color or some other bright color. I could also see wearing this skirt with some bright tights for a bit more pop since the skirt is on the plain/basic side.
I love this shot. Granted you can’t see the skirt really well, but my lovely husband was having some fun taking some ‘artsy’ photos during this lovely day, I just had to share it with you guys.
Speaking of my lovely husband, Felix. I snagged the camera away from him at the end of the shoot to take some photos of him in the great scenery and this is what he did:
Yeah… that’s my purse he’s sporting so I didn’t have to carry it around with me.
And that’s not all…
Apparently he got pooped out. Good thing we stopped after this. Poor guy would have suffered near exhaustion if we kept going. hehehe
What’s funny is that he actually had such a great time, he blogged about our outing. Check it out if you don’t believe me. :) I know I wouldn’t believe me after seeing him wilting like a flower. heh