I believe it was last summer that I spotted this skirt (pun totally intended!) in the Boden catalogue and fell deeply in love with it. However, I was not deeply in love with the price (especially when I figured out the price with exchange and shipping - to get it through my front door would have cost over $150 CDN - ouch). Well, like any money wise (read as cheap) seamstress I figured I could make my own version, that fit much better, for a whole heck of a lot less. Not to mention, I wanted my skirt to be shorter (nothing stumpifies a short gal like a super long skirt) and have a slightly more flattering shape.
Enter Simplicity 4599 (my beloved TNT pattern - check out my other versions from the last few days) and a couple of linen remnants. I had some medium weight white linen left over from another project, so it became the body of the skirt. Another lighter weight beige linen was used for the yoke and the spot embellishments. The skirt also has a full separate lining, made from a lighweight silk/cotton blend woven.
To create the spots, I cut out three different sized circles and randomly placed them around the hem of the skirt, fiddling with them until I had an aesthetically pleasing layout. Each circle was attached tot the skirt by eight lines of sewing that went across the diameter of the circle, overlapping at the centre. Rather than back stitching at the circle's edges, I pulled the thread through to the back and hand tied each one - this took close to forever, but I think it was worth it, as I like the clean look of each circle. The edges of each circle were left raw and hopefully they will rough up nicely after a few washings.
After the skirt was complete, I realized that I needed a top to go with it. I decided to make BWOF 2/08 - 123. The fabric is a lightweight knit that matches the colour of the spots dead on. I didn't bother with the tie around the neck, as I liked the droopy front look and I thought it would look cute worn over a camisole.
Here I am, after a full day of work and an appointment, so pardon the "I've worn this for 12 hours already" look.
In the end, I have to say I actually like my version of the skirt better - it's customized to exactly what I wanted.
Once again, stay tuned for more fabulous TNT skirt love - I have a few more versions to share with y'all.