I can't remember how long ago I purchased this fabric, maybe a year or two on a jaunt to NYC. I love the blue tropical feel, the pineapples and surfboards, palm trees and tropical drinks. A rayon and cotton blend I thought it would make a great little dress to wear on an island vacation. So, it sat for awhile and as time went on the idea of a wrap skirt took over, one I fell in love with, so I went on the search for a pattern. You have no idea how hard it is to find a pattern for a wrap skirt. After finally discovering the discontinued pattern sections on the pattern company websites I found a pattern for just what I thought I was looking for and ordered it.
An invitation to a luau themed party was just the push I needed to pull this out and make it. So, the night before the party I got the pattern out and was so disappointed! This pattern was the simplest of patterns going with everything about wrap skirts that I hate! First, it was a true wrap skirt, the bottom flap having a tie that goes through a space in the side seam and wraps around to tie with the extension on the front flap of the skirt. Well, that just never works well, does it? Second icky thing? The reason this is a one hour pattern: Cut four pieces (two fronts, a back and a tie) seam them, add a couple of darts, then turn under 5/8" all around and topstitch. There is just so much wrong with that. First, it never lays well at the waist (add that to the true wrap nature of the skirt and ick!) and then you see the wrong side of the fabric on the tie when you are wearing it. My simple one hour skirt wasn't going to be so simple after all.
I decided to make the skirt as written on some old cotton I had lying around to check the fit, thinking that if I liked it I might have a skirt to, as my mom would say, "knock around in". That took less than an hour and lucky I did it, the skirt needed a few alterations in addition to the ones I was planning. As much as I thought I might wear it, that skirt went into the scrap pile for other test projects, all of my wardrobe would have to be waiting to be washed and fil-thy for me to put it on.
Once I got that figured out, I decided to create a facing for the front edges, waistband and tie. Then I planned to sew the other tie into the waistband, not one that wraps around, but is at the same side that the top tie comes across to, and to insert a hook and eye to secure the inside of the wrap skirt on the other hip. Even with these additions, the skirt worked up pretty quickly and I had it made in one morning to wear that day.
I like it!
Ties up purty with no "wrong side" showing!
And looks so matchy-matchy with my pedicure.
Thinking about what to sew next....
Ninety. So, what did I do with the rest of the fabric? Something kinda fun, you'll have to wait and see!