I have been wanting a skirt out of eyelet for the longest time. Add to that my fascination with orange this summer and the result is this skirt. I purchased the fabric from Gorgeous Fabrics and just love. it. The eyelet is out of cotton, and the orange lining is also out of cotton and has a slight sheen to it.
Because I am currently losing weight at the moment (15 pounds and counting), I'm not ever sure how to cut it out. I'm a couple of pounds lighter than when I made my Sure Fit Designs blue print. So I used it as a starting point, and originally drafted an a-line skirt. I didn't like the a-line style for this skirt, so cut it back to just a straight skirt. Because of the fabric, it needed very little ease, so I eventually took in two inches total at the sides (1/2 inch seam allowances).
If you are new to my blog, you'll find out very soon that I am a major fan of Sure Fit Designs. It is a system that allows you to draft your own sloper, or as the system calls it, Blue Print, from which you can draft your own patterns. I've used it for over a year with great success. You can learn more about the system at Sure Fit Designs
I cut out the design of the eyelet on the bottom, and finished the top with a facing. Zipper is on the side. I wish I had placed the zipper in the back, but wasn't thinking when I cut it out. It will be more challenging to take in as I continue to lose weight. Oh well....
The next challenge was deciding what to wear with my new skirt. I made the t-shirt below for it, but it was just too bland together. So I went on the hunt for something and lucked out with this orange bolero/ cardigan at T J Max. That was a miracle since I never find anything at T J Max. I paid only $9.00 (Yay!) After some trial and error, I decided the shell from the Loes Hinse sweater set was the perfect addition to the ensemble.
Although this top didn't work out for the skirt, I still like it a lot. This was also drafted from Sure Fit Designs from the dress kit. I went down two dots to draft the t-shirt months ago, but then took it in 1/2 at the side seams due to the weight loss. I converted the darts into french darts, cut a scoop neck, and added the "chico twist" from a booklet by Linda Rholfing. I think I will get much mileage out of this T. This week, I'll probably wear it with this pencil skirt and vest: