So here it is, finally, my Meringue. I know, I know, you’ve been waiting with bated breath, desperate for a glimpse at my final version. Or I suppose I should say my first final version, because despite my initial mild reaction to this pattern, I do believe it may have stolen my heart. As long as I eliminate the scallops. And add a waistband. And do all kinds of other stuff to it. Like you do. But still, the shape of the skirt, the simplicity of the design, the placement of the darts, I’m into it! Which is fairly indicative of my character, really, I’m slow to fall in love, but once I do, no skirt is safe.
So here it is, in all it’s bright and gently garish splendor:
Boom, baby! When I saw this fabric I thought, that is just perfect for Puerto Rico, and lo and behold, it totally is. I even found a house amongst the brightly colored buildings in San Juan (our own house is a brilliant aquamarine, just to give you an idea) that this thing literally matches. Check it out:
Right? Chartreuse, meet Chartreuse. You kids have fun
I wore this skirt to the open air market in Viejo San Juan.
The market has been there since 1847, at least, and was once, I assume, probably the bustling epicenter of commerce in this tiny colonial town. Now that tradition has been revived, and I’m so excited about that.
I’m going to stand on a soapbox for about five seconds and decry the sugar (read rum) industry that supplanted natural sustainable agriculture and the tourist industry, which, while generating income for the Caribbean, has placed a strong emphasis on the importation of goods and almost no emphasis on the quality of life of the actual people who live in these “island paradises”. But I think that’s changing in Puerto Rico, and hopefully in the rest of the Caribbean, and this market, with its organic and local produce and goods, hopefully heralds the return of a sustainable island culture.
Okay, off the soapbox. Sorry. Pretty pictures!
I made this up in a size 8, which fit me much better then my muslin in size 6.
Don’t you agree? I added a waistband, using Sarai’s lovely tutorial, and I used the same zipper insertion technique from the Clover pants.I used a cream-colored invisible zipper I got in a bundle of about 100 9″ invisible zippers for 3 dollars.
The fabric comes from the hoarder stash. I think its really upolostery weight fabric. Can you imagine having a chair made up in this? Amazing.
I stitched the hem by hand:
I think I match the brilliant colors of the market quite well:
And my Mama matches too, don’t you think?
So if you are in San Juan any time soon on a Saturday, do check out El Mercado Argicultura.
Of course, you may not look as awesome as I do in this skirt. That’s okay. No one’s perfect.