Hey gang!! I hope everyone is surviving winter, whatever that means for you. We’ve had some glorious early spring weather ’round my neck of the woods the past few days. All my plants are incredibly confused! I keep telling them to not rush it, that it’s going to get cold again, but unfortunately I have not learned how to speak plant language yet, so I don’t think they’re getting the message…
This month I’ve got a fun new skirt to show you. I’ve realized a bit of a pattern with my fabric purchases in the last year – if I don’t have a specific project in mind that I’m buying for I tend to just zero in on the wackiest fabric I can find at that moment. This Marc Jacobs floral print, poly double-cloth was one of those purchases for me. (It is now, of course, sadly sold out – but check out all these amazing Marc Jacobs fabrics from Mood’s online selection. Marc Jacobs is seriously one of my favorite fabric designers, he just comes out with such fun stuff, like this vintage inspired floral silk, or this cuh-razy wool knit.) I know this fabric probably doesn’t look all that wacky at first glance, but trust me, its weirdness abounds…
First of all, you have the print. We start with a nice, sedate, oyster colored backdrop, all cool so far, right? Right. Then there’s a medium scaled floral print – also nothing amiss. But hold up! Now we take a major detour into Dr. Seuss-land because those flowers have stripes all over them. And all of a sudden a nice, normal, floral print turns a little trippy and weird.
Then there is the fabric itself. The face of this fabric is a smooth, satin-like poly with a dull sheen, very soft to the touch. This is fused to a heather gray poly knit on the backside, also smooth, but still… a knit. Am I the only one that thinks this is weird? The fabric has no stretch and is a medium weight. I’m just so curious what this fabric was originally used for? Any ideas?
I thought it would make an awesome pencil skirt, but I wanted a pattern with a little bit of a twist to match the fabric. I eventually landed on the Zoe skirt from Style Arc. I really liked the longer length and unusual style lines of this skirt – the angled side seam, and the long darts in the back most especially. I added black faux leather piping (made from my stash) to the side seam to really highlight that line.
The back of the skirt has a bit more fullness than the front, and the hem dips down ever so gently so the skirt gives an elegant sashay when you walk.
I feel like no one is going to believe me when I say this – but I actually really agonized over print placement with this skirt. You see, I couldn’t decide if I wanted to attempt to print match those center front and back seams or not. In the end I, obviously, decided not to, as I thought the visual jar of the mis-matched print along those seam lines actually fit the print better, and also helped to highlight those style lines without me putting the faux leather piping into all my seams, which I felt might be a bit much.
This was my first time making a Style Arc pattern and I decided to throw caution to the wind and skip the whole muslin thing. However it probably would have been prudent for me to do a little basting test fit prior to stitching everything in place because I definitely am getting some fabric bubbling around my high hip area. Ah well! Next time! Other than that, I’m pretty pleased with this skirt.
I actually bought this Marc Jacobs fabric at the same time that I snagged this Black and Blue Faux Fur that I used to make my top, thinking that they might make a cool outfit together. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am that I actually saw my plan through! A rare thing, indeed!