I used a blue sateen remnant found for cheap to try out the milkmaid skirt pattern. I’ve been eyeballing this tutorial since last year and bought fabric to make it months ago but wanted to try it out with this blue fabric first. I’m glad I did!
There was just enough remnant fabric to make the body of the skirt so I had to find other fabric for the pockets and the waistband. I tried to used the printed pieces I’d cut out of the skirt for the backs of the pockets, but it didn’t work out.
I made like a zillion cutting/sewing/ironing(!)/fabric mistakes throughout this process so I went with white twill for the pockets since I was already using that fabric for the waistband. I backed the white twill with white broadcloth since it was a shade see-through.
I think I would have liked the white pockets better if the waistband was the same printed fabric as the body of the skirt. Luckily, most people won’t see the waistband since it will be covered by a shirt.
I’m okay with how the skirt turned out. I really like the fabric and it is comfortable, but there are several things I would modify if I made the skirt again. My pockets feel a bit narrow; I hemmed six inches off the bottom from my original measurements; I miscalculated the seam allowance on the waistband and didn’t get to sew it on the way I wanted; and I gave up out of frustration near the end and didn’t finish the insides as neatly as I would have otherwise. I was definitely over this skirt last night when I finished it, but today I think it might grow on me.
I wanted to complete my skirt for Skirt Week and I only found out it was Skirt Week on Monday, so I’m happy that it’s done in time and off my to-do list. The pieces had been sitting on my shelves cut out for the past few weeks.
I haven’t been finding many of my skirts wearable lately (including the gathered waist ones I wore every day last summer); I put them on, try to assemble an outfit, and go with pants or shorts instead. I’m hoping some new tops will bring back my fondness for the skirts I liked so much in 2012.
I also haven’t felt great about clothes I’ve been sewing for myself recently, most of which haven’t appeared here yet. However, I am quite pleased with the things I’ve sewed for small people and other non-clothing items I’ve made. Hopefully my sewing mojo will carry over soon to making clothes for me that I’ll actually like and wear.