Some projects don’t quite work out. They have all the right ingredients, but the end result is … lacking. Kind of like the deep-fried Twinkies you can buy in the freezer aisle.
Let’s start with the fabric. This a semi-stretch woven with a suede-like texture. In mint green. I can’t remember why I bought it, but I’m pretty sure it was dirt cheap. It’s been on the shelf for a long time, waiting for inspiration. Or desperation. One of the two.
The pattern is Simplicity 1324. While I have a few quibbles with the skirt, and I haven’t yet tried any of the other pieces, I have to say — based solely on the technical drawings — this is a fantastic “wardrobe” pattern.
The pants have a waistband and a fitted straight leg, the knit tee is classic, and the jacket and skirt feel modern and wearable with simple but attractive seaming. For a new sewer building a pattern collection, there’s a lot of mileage to get out of this pattern.
Okay, onto the skirt, and straight to the point: the split looks great in the cover photography, but is too revealing in the real world.
While the length is okay for work (ideally, I’d add an inch or two, but really, it’s work-acceptable as drafted), the style is not.
Also, I cut a size 10, per usual, and this skirt is tight on me. Take your measurements, compare the fit across the back, and consider sizing up. I was too lazy to do so, and paid the price. As a result, the skirt is sitting higher on my waistline than the design intended, so now it’s both short and tight. Fantastic.
I’m on the fence over whether winter tights make this office-approved.
I made this as an optimistic muslin, so I may try it again in different fabric now that my expectations are adjusted. I have several looks pinned on Pinterest (@sarainstitches — follow me so I can find you — I’m always looking for sewing peeps to follow) that have similar design lines. Some print mixing might be fun, or just some cool trim, or even piping. Lots to play with here, provided I can get the fit nailed down.
As for this minty meltdown, I don’t think I’ll wear it much. Mint is a hard color to play with, especially since I’m not a fan of pastels to match it with. It was still a fun, mostly easy project, and sewing time is rarely wasted in my mind. Regardless of whether the project turned out, I got to be in my meditative sewing zone, listen to Beyonce, and practice my skills. That’s a win, people.
On an entirely unrelated note, I’ve suddenly decided that I’m kinda over heels. I seriously don’t know what happened. I woke up one day feeling like I didn’t want to compromise my foot health for fashion. I think over half of my shoes are heels, so it’s going to be a long time before they’re out of the rotation, and who knows? I may have a change of heart well before that time. (Let’s face it — I probably *will* have a change of heart. I mean… shoes, right?!) In the meantime, expect to see me focusing on sewing garments that look good with flats.
So, a somewhat skeptical welcome to you, my Minty Split Skirt. Let’s see if you can make it work!
Edit: Yeah, I wore this to work today and it’s not okay. Standing? Sure. Walking? Sort of. Sitting? Big fat nope. I’m just trying to get through the day without having anyone notice my lack of propriety. When the control top on your tights is visible when seated, it’s Officially Not Appropriate. Welcome to the weekend rotation, friend!