And once again, I’ve bent to the will of Anna Sui. This bolt of luscious linen positively leapt out from the shelf at Mood NY and punched me in the heartstrings. Surprise surprise, selvedge says: it’s Sui.
If memory serves, I grabbed 2 yards, and immediately kicked myself when I got home and got to thinking. I wanted a maxi skirt to make the most of the print, but didn’t consider all those lovely shapes and lines and buds– I had just enough for a skirt, but not enough to cut side seams and leave the print undisturbed.
That is, not enough to cut proper side seams…
Where are my side seams anyway?! Those white chevron-y arcs descending from my waist have a pleat in the center, where the side seam would normally fall. After pleating the skirt on my dress form, I cut right down mid-booty to create my front panel. So instead of side seams, I have mid-booty seams! There are two of them, one for each cheek .
(I suppose you could also call them princess seams, but let’s face it. I am no princess.)
I cut those mid-booty seams, then used the remaining fabric to make up the center back panels. Three seams in all, and two slits up to the backs of my knees– the skirt doesn’t have a large sweep, and I’ve learned the hard way that walking ease is actually important.