I’ve been wanting a scalloped hem skirt for ages but never had the ‘right’ fabric – until I rummaged through the stash the other day and found a metre or so of some grey marl mystery fabric that I thought would be ideal. It is quite scratchy though, I fear it is some sort of polyester-made-to-look-like-but-definitely-not-feel-like-wool. But beggars can’t be choosers – it was a free acquisition, plus has the double bonus of reducing the stash. I thought if I lined it in silk satin that might counteract the negative, and I’ll just avoid touching the outsides!
It is a basic A-line with curved waistband that has a curvy inset piece highlighted with topstitching with scallops stuck on the bottom. Initially I imagined a giant buttoned patch pocket three scallops wide, but it was so big it didn’t really look right anywhere, so I abandoned that idea. Consequently the skirt is plainer than originally intended, even with the stitching detail. At 55cm it’s a bit shorter than my usual length too, but this is a winter skirt and I kid myself I can get away with it wearing tights!
I’ve been onto DH all week not to mow the lawn, so I could photograph this skirt with all the fallen ginko leaves, which match my tights and new $1 bag perfectly! The top is a Nouveau Top from my Winter 2002-ish collection – it still fits!
Here are some details – a topstitched waistband with tab detail, I wish I placed the front tabs slightly closer to the CF:
A scalloped hem with topstitching – coming up next I have a post on how to sew perfect scallops, quick and easy!
Tagua nut buttons ex some other project, and a silk satin facing/lining:
Now that I have more colour in my wardrobe, I’m really appreciating how versatile grey is. I’ve usually only worn it with black, or maybe red, but it looks pretty cool with yellow, orange, pinks, purples and plums, and even emerald, cobalt and turquoise – almost everything! I’m on the lookout for some nice orange jersey, or an orange polo neck, or maybe I should knit something orange, whatever, something orange to warm up this winter we are having. Actually this winter is pretty warm so far, we’ve been hitting 20C recently and the skifields have no snow, but that doesn’t stop my orange craving! Maybe orange and purple…
Do you wear a lot of grey? If so, what are your favourite colours to wear with it?