Disparate disciplines – the summercrisp skirt

For those following Mari of disparate disciplines, you might have seen the new release of her skirt pattern, the Summercrisp skirt.

20130706-182623.jpgLucky me was given the opportunity to pattern test the wrap skirt, and while I was quite sceptical about how much I would wear this skirt, it turns out to be very wearable (more in summer than winter for this version).  Also, Mari does an amazing job on the tiling of the pdf pattern, so you only have to print out page ranges for your version.  It’s SUPER convenient.

The shaping of the pattern is quite clever with one side veering up interestingly, however it was a little shorter than I was expecting. Being at the side hasn’t limited it’s wearability as much as expected.20130706-182639.jpg

The pattern could be quite simple, so of course I added crazy details, like lining it, using my snazzy rolled hem foot and generally making it from two of the most PITA fabrics of all time.  They were stash gifts, and beautiful, soft and shifty.  Therefore also really annoying to sew.

While trying to photograph the skirt I was repeatedly photobombed, so hence all of the photos I’ve lifted the troublemaker out of the way. It’s becoming a recurring theme.  Also, I realise I should have moved the bin – however it’s winter.  Too bloody freezing to do anything but bolt out the back door, snap and move right back in.

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Fabric

The top layer is a synthetic chiffon or something similar, it definitely a light summer blouse fabric, however being synthetic I was reluctant to use it for a blouse.  I’ve still got a few yard left, so perhaps it’s too early to rule that out.  It washed up lovely, and doesn’t tend to fray.

The lining is a cream satin like fabric, which does tend to fray.  *sigh*.  After washing this skirt, I’ve got to go back and fix some of the lining where it has frayed a little, it doesn’t seem to like the washing machine.

This pattern is suited to lightweight fabrics, and for summertime options I actually think a lightweight linen could be lovely.  It’s really designed for knits, but as a beginner option I feel most beginner might shy away from using a knit.

Fit

As mentioned above, the skirt was a little shorter than I expected at the sides, but it’s still totally wearable to the office.  It swishes around beautifully and I haven’t found it flies up unexpectedly.

Techniques

As a beginner pattern, this really is one that has a bare minimum of techniques.  If you sewed it with a lightweight cotton and pre-made bias tape, it really doesn’t get any easier.  I sewed two, with linings and rolled hems and all sorts of craziness (bias bound seams on a wool version) and it was still a quick and simple make.

Future learnings

While this is a great pattern for beginners, and I enjoyed making it and it looks lovely, it isn’t what jumps to my hand as I’m getting dressed in the morning.  I’ve got to stop sewing so much summer clothing!  As the weather warms up I think it will get much more use, however I really didn’t think about this version, the colours and “layerability”.  It looks a little funny with black tights and boots, and so while very comfortable and wearable, it’s also going to be shelved until the spring.

Also, rolled hems are SUPER EASY with a rolled hem foot.  Why did I not order my sewing machine foot before the sewcietea dress?  WHY??????

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5 thoughts on “Disparate disciplines – the summercrisp skirt

  1. I love the fabric choice, it works great with that skirt — it’s very flattering on you!… but yeah, probably more suited to summer…. which seems like an age away yeah. 😉

  2. Mari has good attention to detail and clever with tiling the pattern. That really makes her patterns easier to get started on.
    Your version is really pretty. It works well on you. Love the side detailing.

    Thankfully I’ve been roll hemming on my overlocker. It’s such a great finish.

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