But I am going to hold onto the holiday feeling for a little bit longer and share another holiday wardrobe staple. After making my two Southport dresses I wanted an easy to wear, comfortable skirt and top.
The Ilsley skirt by Marilla Walker is a free skirt pattern. It has an elasticated waist and a curved hemline. The hem detail really elevates it beyond a basic pull-on skirt. Normally I would avoid elastic or gathered waists as I feel that they add bulk, but for a holiday, the idea of being able to pull a skirt on and off quickly on the beach and providing room for eating ice cream and crepes seemed absolutely perfect!I initially cut a 6 at the waist grading out to 7 over the hips and added a couple of inches to the length. After making up a quick test version I was able to reduce the waist to size 5 and I didn’t need to grade out to the larger size as there is plenty of ease at the hip. I probably didn’t need the extra length either! Because I was sewing to a deadline I skipped the pockets at the front.
The fabric is a pale lilac linen (or linen mix) from Abakhan left over from the Hepworth dress I made last summer. This is a soft linen, so it creases and frays but it was lovely to wear and I think the colour is ideal for summer.I decided that instead of trying to hem the curved edges at the bottom of the skirt I wanted to add a contrast bias binding. I love the colours of the floral binding against the plain pastel colour of the skirt. I think it is probably neater than my attempts to make a curved hem would have been! Marilla has posted here about how to finish the hem with binding and to add a drawstring waist closure. I simply folded the binding and top-stitched straight through both sides.The only thing I might change in future (apart from including the pockets!) is that I would use a narrower elastic on the waistband (or try the drawstring method above), I feel as if I didn’t need a thick band to hold the skirt up and I preferred the look of the narrow elastic that I used on my test version. This isn’t a huge issue as I have worn the skirt with a loose t-shirt so the waistband is hidden.I used the Grainline Studios free hemlock tee pattern for the white top. I have made several Hemlocks now – first blogged here. This time I left the sleeves off and simply turned under the edge and stitched with a narrow zigzag. I finished the bottom edge with a narrow band.
This was a bargain outfit using free patterns and leftover fabrics but I love the results. Here it is in action in Paris (with added baguettes!)So that was my holiday sewing – it all turned out exactly as I wanted, which is always satisfying! I am already looking forward to wearing it all again next summer.
Next stop autumn sewing…