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.
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.
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.