Hey all! Happy Tuesday! Did anyone else have the hardest time with the time change? Monday morning was seriously hard for my entire family! I am glad it’s Tuesday. And it’s Selfish Sewing Week…a week dedicated to sewing for yourself, whatever it may be. There are lot so details on SSW over at the Imagine Gnats blog and Indie Sew, as well as a few competitions with great prizes on the line.
Well for this SSW, I was in need of a new maxi skirt! I have a tale to tell you about all of the maxi skirts I have sewn. My first one (a self drafted maxi) was eaten by the dogs. Yep, I have those kind of dogs that will eat anything that is left unattended. My second one (another syrah skirt) was made out of thrifted fabric and I later found out it was covered in holes, whomp whomp. So here I am, version three and I think it’s perfect!
For this Syrah I used a solid color fabric. I know this may seem boring to you, but I really like solids. Well, I like stripes too, but usually not going across my tooshie. So solids it is! This is the new art gallery knits, in solids. The quality is beautiful. It reminds me a lot of robert kaufman laguna jersey. I cut a little scrap of each fabric, robert kaufman and art gallery, so you could compare, but since it is hard to see the difference I’ll explain a little. Both fabrics are 95% cotton 5% spandex. They both are 58 inches wide. The robert kaufman fabric is a little lighter weight and a little lighter in color (just slightly). It also curls a bit more at the edges. The art gallery knit is a little heavier, and still curls at the edges, just not as much. Both fabrics are great quality and wash and wear well! I searched to find the actual weight of each fabric, and found that robert kaufman jersey is 5.8 oz per square yard, but I couldn’t find the weight of art gallery knits. Okay…that’s all on my little fabric comparison!
Back to the skirt details. I think I mentioned this with my last Syrah, but this is the best fitting maxi skirt. Lauren Dahl had a genius idea to use swimsuit lining fabric as a slip and to help stabilize the waist band. I skipped the slip portion, just because I knew my fabric wasn’t see through and I’m gearing up for the HOT Florida summer! I love the cut of the waistband, which tapers in at the top, so it is a nice and fitted waistband that won’t slide down. And notice the tooshie? It isn’t being hugged by my skirt….gotta love that!
I sewed this all on my serger, except for the hemming, which I did with my twin needle. I did make one little pattern change, which was to lengthen the pattern by 1 inch. I like my maxi skirt sitting all the way up on my natural waist, so I’m guessing that’s why I needed the extra inch. I’m average height (5’5″) if that helps any of you sewing this pattern.
Here’s a quick glimpse at my sewing:
Pattern :: Syrah Skirt by Selvage Designs
Fabric :: Art Gallery Knits
Outfit Breakdown :: Handmade shirt (the foxglove tank / blogged), Syrah skirt, AE sandals
Lauren kindly has provided a little discount code for you guys on the Syrah skirt. Just hop on over to her site and enter dandelion2 to receive $2 off your skirt pattern!
The Syrah skirt pattern was generously provided to me by Lauren Dahl and the Art Gallery Knit was generously provided to me by Art Gallery Fabrics. All opinions are honest and true, of course!