This is some of the wool I bought in Scotland, the real handwoven Harris Tweed stuff. And that reminds me that I forgot to sew one of the tags they gave me into the skirt. Must do that.
I’d always planned on a skirt for this. Short and straight. I used McCall’s 3830 for it. It’s a very simple straight skirt in 5 lengths with darts and a facing but no waistband. And optional belt loops. The longer lengths have a back vent.I read some reviews saying it ran big so I went with a smaller size (my measurements put me between two sizes and I chose the smaller one). I picked the shortest length.
If you check out the pattern, you’ll see it closes with a zip whereas mine doesn’t. I just cut the back out on the fold, eliminating the seam allowance. Then, I tried to cut out two fronts, figuring I’d choose where to stop the front wrap afterwards. Only after cutting one front out, I realized I hadn’t been very smart and there was no way to cut full second front out. So I just cut it as far as I could, i.e. I made sure to get one full half and as much of the second half as possible. And I cut it on the cross grain. You can sort of tell but it isn’t super obvious. My fabric took got me a little past the dart which was where I’d been thinking of stopping the wrap anyway. For the facings, I cut the back one on the fold, like the skirt and I cut out two full front ones knowing one of them would need to be trimmed.
Assembling the thing was simple. Sew darts, sew side seams, add facings. I made a button hole on each side of the wrap. I wanted a fringe on the edge on the wrap but I was afraid of it coming further and further undone. The facing’s edge also needed to be resolved. I just cut the facing a little bit past the edge of the skirt, about 1/2″ and folded to the inside (sandwiched between the skirt and facing). I edgstitched that bit (on the side of the wrap edge, turned at the top of the skirt and stitched a line about 1/2″ in all the way down. You can see it in the picture but it isn’t obvious at all in daylight.Then I pinned the skirt on myself to decide how long to make it (I think I gave it a 2.5″ hem, machine sewn with an invisible stitch) and to decide where the buttons would go. Sew on buttons, give it a last steam and press, and done!
I love that I can just move the buttons if my weight fluctuates. In fact, I think I need to move the inside button over a little. The underside of the skirt seems to be sagging a little which would indicate that it needs to be a bit more snug.
It’s hard to see because E took the picture and it’s blurry but I used a silver button with a vintage look. If I’d had the time to go shopping, I would have looked for a celtic style button. And I would have fully lined the skirt in Bemberg rayon instead of doing a cotton facing.
The cotton is a little wrinkly from a day of wear but I love the color I chose. Oh! You can see that line of stitching I put in on the side.
The wool is great. Woven tightly enough that it doesn’t unravel easily. And the yarn has that wool stickiness, you know? It’s a two color weave and I see some diagonals so it must be a twill of some sort. The warp is variegated greyed green and blue and the weft is a deep purple.
It’s a little itchy to be sure. Not a skirt I would wear without tights. I can still feel the itch through my tights in fact! But it’s not too much. You get used to it. E has a wool kilt we got her in Scotland and she says the same thing. Itchy at first but you get used to it. It isn’t like a scratchy tag that never ever stops bothering you.
I didn’t think I’d have so much to say about such a simple little skirt! Picture credits go to E and M. E was happy to take my picture but does not rock at sharpness. M does not much better with sharpness but was not in the mood for picture taking…
(This one made E laugh so I had to include it.)