Saturday, April 02, 2016
50 shades of gray (topstitching)
pattern (vintage Butterick 4309) once before, and I wear that skirt quite frequently. It is a bit heavier, so it can span 3 out of 4 seasons here in NorCal. For this version, however, I wanted to make something more versatile, in a lighter weight fabric for the summer. And after learning so much about fibers and fabrics in my current Fabric Analysis class at WVC, I ended up being wooed by a chambray Tencel (darn, sold out!) from Mood. I've definitely never worked with Tencel before, and I don't do manufactured fibers very often, but this was a pretty easy-to-handle substrate. It was a bit lighter than I expected, and not as wrinkle-resistant as this fabric is generally know for, but I think it makes a good wrap skirt. I can see some faint pilling on the inside already, so I don't know what to make of that. I'm skeptical about manufactured fibers, so I'll be critically evaluating the longevity of this one for sure.
Katie of The Creative Counselor is planning a Back 2 Basics week in the second half of April. This skirt is a workhorse-type of basic in my wardrobe, so I'm getting a bit of a jump on the it all!