Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Skirt That Was In My Head

HAH. Got it done!
You know, the musing I was doing in that earlier post? About what I want to be wearing now?
Well for the last AGE I've had a skirt in my head.
A high-waisted, a-line, red one. Made of soft corduroy. With a Lily Tomlin in Nine to Five vibe (in my head that's cool).
Kind of like this one, Anthro's Hop, Skip and Jump skirt $78 - which is not too crazy expensive.

Or this one the Finishing School Skirt , also by Anthro also $78

But you know what's cheaper than $78? A meter of red corduroy I picked up at Goodwill last year for $1.98. And a pattern I already happened to have, McCalls 4783.
Here's my version:

I extended the waist UP an inch and a half (using the "meh, looks close enough" method of pattern adaptation).
I made the skirt less froofy and more gentle-a-liney.
And I added kind of off-center line thing (yah it IS a technical term) by folding over a little pleat and topstitching it down.

While I was making it the skirt tried to kill me a couple of times (I have pin-related WOUNDS!) but it came together fairly easily and now I LOVE it. Love Love it. I want to hold it's hand at a midnight showing of Pulp Fiction and make it mix tapes. Here's it in action today:

I had to wear thick tights, but it's super comfy and I managed to wear heels all day. Which is a win for me!


  1. *gasp!* It's amazing! I have to admit, the first three pictures were just, "meh" to me, but the entire outfit shot... WOW! I love the proportions and the silhouette and everything! And the grey, love that. Love.

  2. It looks great! I own a red skirt (although not high-waisted) and a black cardigan, maybe I'll blatantly copy your look tomorrow.

  3. looks just like first $78 Anthro one - love it!!

  4. LOVE it...looks just like Anthro's!
    BTW...teh light shining on your legs on that last picture makes you kinna look like you're floating! LOL!'re too funny!

  5. Beautifully done! And may I say your blog is one of my FAVORITES! I want to be just like you when I grow up!!!

  6. Hi love
    great skirt and the whole outfit is so good.
    High heels ALL day!


  7. ooh Erin - your skirt is totally ace!
    I luvs your sewing!


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