At the beginning of August, I taught a class at our local quilt shop on this pattern. I had already tried out the pattern and made plenty of notes (see HERE), but I wanted to make it again before the class so it would be fresh in my mind. And…I kind of just wanted another skirt.
When I went fabric shopping at good old JoAnn’s, I ran into this delightful red/yellow/turquoise plaid shirting fabric and fell irrevocably in love with it. Feeling that plaid might be a questionable choice for such a full skirt, I did ask one of the JoAnn’s employees what she thought of the idea. She loved it, so I proceeded with slightly less trepidation…though I probably would have got it anyways!
Never having worked with plaids before, I immediately sought advice from the sewing world on the internet. To my relief, Tasia at Sewaholic took the mystery out of the process with her post “Matching Plaids: A Step-by-Step Guide.” What it boiled down to was 3 hours spent pinning and cutting things–rather more time than I had planned to expend on what should have been a quick-and-simple project!
The time-consuming part was this:
Especially since this (above) is only about half of what I had to pin (since I had two large skirt pieces plus a waistband to cut). Then, of course, I had to carefully line up the pattern pieces themselves.
All this painstaking care was worth it, however, when I sewed my skirt seams.
I was a little worried that the plaid would look funky as a skirt, but I’m really happy with how it turned out!
Also excited that I have shirts in my closet that match this skirt.
It’s pretty full and floaty.
I kind of love it.
Check back soon to hear how the class went and see the results!