Brumby Skirt

Brumby Skirt

Here’s a make decided unashamedly by my fabric wants – what to make with the Merchant and Mills Indigo Flight?  A gorgeous hand blocked Indian cotton (mine was delivered lightning-fast from Stitch56) – light with a good drape but not too light that it needs lining. Such a perfect cotton for clothes. But what to make? The tricky part was choosing a pattern.

In the end I went with something simple – a skirt. I wasn’t quite brave enough to have the bold triangles up near my face (but now I wish I had). The plus-side of a skirt is it allows me to reign-in a bold pattern by wearing it with simpler top-halves like this grey t-shirt which keeps me in my comfort zone. This was a pre-departure rush-make, squeezed in before I left for Japan’s warm and steamy Autumn.

 

Brumby Skirt

 

The pattern I settled on was the Brumby skirt by Megan Nielsen – a great pattern that has clear instructions and diagrams that allow for an easy make. This skirt shape reminds me a little of an old favourite – the ‘Simplicity 2226 – of which I’ve made many. The winning feature though is that the Brumby has these lovely deep scooped pockets which I really like. I can hide my phone, wallet and probably a cut lunch in those pockets.

 

 

Brumby Skirt

 

Brumby Skirt

 

As with most projects, it was not without its challenges.  I discovered that the triangles are a pattern-matching nightmare. After aligning the centre-seam and struggling with side-seam I gave up – and hoped the pattern would distract the eye enough. I also lengthened the skirt a little. I had visions of longer mid-calf skirt that I’m seeing around more  – they look so delicious on models and model-like Japanese women. Sadly my fabric choice and body shape said no.

So that’s my sunny Japan holiday skirt. I’d like to rant on about the amazing Japanese bikes and how in my next life I’d like to open a bike store with crazy imported Japanese bikes … but I’ll just stick to sewing cycle-friendly clothes!
 Brumby Skirt

 

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