I think I said I made myself two things right? And I’ve yet to show them off, right? The first one is a blouse that I made from one of the patterns I was debating about. And the reason I haven’t shared it is that I don’t have a good picture yet. I tried to take some on my own and I hated all of them. All. Of. Them. Pictures of me just remind me that I don’t look like I think I look. That or I just haven’t figured out how to style myself and pose well yet.
Anyway, on that same day, I found those great embroidered seersuckers on fabric.com. And I tried very hard not to buy any. Very very hard. But then, there was the Meringue Skirt from the Colette book. The one in the book is made in a striped fabric. And seersucker is striped. And this one had lobsters. I told a couple friends about it and one in particular said I had to make it in time for the trip to Cape Cod. And get a picture in a really nautical setting. So this one’s for you Trish!
Some details because I’m so very very proud of this skirt.
- I actually made a muslin to be sure it fit right and got lucky. The muslin fit just fine.
- The seersucker was a lightweight fabric but the pattern suggested a mediumweight fabric. So I underlined the whole thing with white cotton lawn. It makes the whole skirt feel more substantial and it takes care of any opacity issues. I even went out and got myself some silk thread to baste my layers together.
- I was extremely careful with my fabric layout. There’s the vertical striping but that isn’t that much of a problem. It’s the lobsters. They create horizontal lines across the skirt. Not obvious lines but I didn’t want to have the lobsters offset at the seams, you know? It took me ages but I got all my pattern pieces lined up so that the lobsters would continue in a line all around the skirt. Even on the facings because that’s the kind of neurotic freak I am. And I made sure to line the center front and center back of the skirt on a column of lobsters. And here’s a side seam because I’m that proud.
Look at that seam! It’s almost perfectly matched! I’m calling it pretty good for a first timer. And I have two more yards of this lobster seersucker. I bought more than the pattern called for and needed less. I’m thinking it would make a very cute romper for souricette 2…
One more parting look before I get back to my time consuming project of the day…