Last week I decided to make an everyday skirt for summer. I chose a pattern which I think I must have got from a facebook destash site as it’s a Vogue pattern made in partnership with Love Sewing, a sewing magasine I don’t remember ever buying! It’s a Very Easy Vogue pattern V9090, i have to say that the picture on the front isn’t overly inspiring, but it’s actually a lovely pattern.
The pattern is a pleated skirt with a fitted dropped waistline…and it’s got lovely deep pockets in the side seams. It comes in three lengths from above knee to above ankle, of course I made the long version.
The fabric is some cotton I bought on one of my London trips a few years ago, this was from a shop south of the river, I can’t remember it’s name. I’d realised that I actually have very few plain fabrics in my stash, I seem to go oooh a lot more for colourful prints, but they really need a plain to set them off. This is a lilac cotton, a little firmer than I usually buy, I think I was thinking of cropped trousers when I bought it. Anyway I decided it would be perfect for this skirt.
Please excuse the somewhat creased look, I’d already walked down to the market and sat on a bus to come home when this was taken!
True to it’s title, it was a very easy skirt to make, especially when you remove the centre front seam! The fabric was pretty perfect for it as it holds the soft pleats nicely. I probably could have made it in an afternoon if I had a zip to match. Despite having a drawer full of zips, I had a dark purple and a light purple, but not the mid-purple I needed! I did a quick trip to John Lewis’s after work one day so I could get it finished. As usual I hand-stitched the zip in, I just find this much easier to get a neat finish and it doesn’t take much longer than machine sewing a zip in.
I used a leftover piece of batik for the pockets and the inside of the waistband. It’s pretty and a bit softer to the touch than the purple cotton.
I wore my new skirt for the first time today and I love it, it’s very comfortable and easy to wear, I can see myself making a few of these, even in heavier weight fabric for winter.