Sunday, January 27, 2008

Something Old Into Something New

My new skirt.
I used an old, old, old pattern with fairly new fabric to create one fun skirt. I've already paired it with a red wrap sweater and a brown t-shirt to see where I can go with this look.

Get this, the pattern was McCall's 3056 Evening Elegance from year 2000. So scary. I'm not sure why I have it, but there's a big orange 75% off sticker, so I think that might have something to do with it. The gown the pattern is intended to make is quite prom-ish, includes instructions for a beaded and bangled bustier, and -- wait for it -- a lace shrug bolero. So scary.

But, the full length skirt was perfect for altering into a modest short skirt for me, as I'm a bit on the longish side. The only drawback that I can see to using a pattern this old is that in 2000 we were still wearing our skirts and our jeans at our natural waist (which I have learned is a lot closer to my belly button that I knew) and now we wear skirts and jeans about 3 inches below our belly buttons.

Once you get past the whole, oh my goodness something is touching my waist feeling, the skirt is actually very flattering on the whole and can reign in a muffin top. It's zippered with an invisible zipper and a lined it in unbleached muslin (because I hate when cotton skirts go between my cheekies) and has a few darts.

1 comment:

lera said...

Very cute!

Is that "Mocca" by Alexander Henry? I just bought some last week. (It's very similar to "Kleo" that I made my shirt from.)