The I Guess It’s Okay Skirt

First of all, thank you all so much, SO much for your amazing and thoughtful comments on my last post. I haven’t been able to respond to them yet the way I would like to, but your thoughtful responses just thrilled and amazed me (though I really should stop being amazed at how awesome this sewing community is). If you haven’t read the book discussed, give it a gander if you get a chance, it’s really worth readying. I think this is such an interesting subject and clearly is something that we all think about or consider when we sew, both the gender roles involved and it’s impact on our lives and then the world in general. And just to clarify, when I talk about smugness, I really mean myself, I’m SUPER smug about sewing, I’m really just the worst, on the outside I’m like, ohhh, no, it’s really NO big deal, but on the inside I’m like, yes, I’m just generally better then you, ain’t no thang. It’s okay to be impressed about what a huge flipping deal I am. No biggie.

In other news, meh. Meh on me. I have NOT been a diligent blogger of late. Or a responsive person. Or a good emailer. The only thing I’ve kept up is consistent feeding of the cat and if I don’t do that he screams at me.


So deceptively calm.

But school is wonderful but busy and guess what? Guess what? Guess what? I got a job working in the Tisch undergraduate costume shop! Waaaaaaaaaaa? Yeah. AWESOME.

Actually, in all seriousness, I couldn’t be more thrilled. The people who work there are lovely, the woman who designed the show we are working on right now is a lovely young designer still in college but she’s so talented and smart that I want to just learn from her now, and she’s just one person there! The supervisors are lovely, the shop is fascinating, and I’m pleased as punch to have been able to hustle work-study into sewing time. Seriously, I sew and they pay me (in theory, I just started on Friday so I have no proof of that yet). It’s splendid.

Technically I’m overhire, so I just work around the student productions, but there is something really fun about rushed crazied costume building. (Especially when it’s a part time gig, let’s be real.) But I got to use a serger! On my first day! Living the dream, people, living the dream.

So now that we are all caught up, this thing is a thing I made. Meh to this thing too:

I made this three weeks ago, forced my roommate to take photos of it last week, and am just posting it today. STRUGGLE. I’ve worn it a number of times, and it’s cute enough, I suppose, but it’s not the skirt I set out to make. Can you believe the impulse behind this was to be more pencil than pouf? No? At this point neither can I…

I used BurdaStyle’s Marie pattern, a pattern I have used TWICE before, and yet for whatever reason this time I must have cut it wrong? Or something? I don’t know, it doesn’t taper at the hem which it is supposed to do. I converted the back pleats into darts, but that really oughtn’t to make a difference…..I don’t even know, guys. I don’t even know.

It’s also a bit big. Sigh. And wrinkled. Ah, well, that’s reality for you!

Still, it’s cute enough, and insanely practical (a solid colored neutral modest-but-cute skirt? Yeah, where CAN’T I wear this thing? Other then the Met ball or a nightclub, it’s pretty much a go-everywhere thing). And it’s stash busting, which is, by the way, my biggest fall goal, because I just really need to rid myself of fabric. It’s…taking over my life.

So all in all it’s fine, but honestly, it’s really just okay. Still, I’ll wear it, I’ll use it, but I wish I knew what had gone wrong!

In the meantime, I made another skirt (more on that to come), cut out a blouse and a pair of black denim Clovers, and looked at the men’s shirt pattern for a long time with no motivation. Why is it so hard to sew for other people? Sigh.

Fall Sewing! It continues! Has anything crazy (like a new graduate program and a new city) taken over your life lately? How did you deal?


Filed under Burda Style, Clothing, Sewing

6 responses to “The I Guess It’s Okay Skirt

  1. Congratulations fo your new position, it sounds great! I really like your skirt, I agree with you it looks very practical! It *is* really far from a pencil skirt 😉

  2. So cute! I totally get the meh though. They pop up in projects every now and then, I don’t know why. Wish I could point out the reason why it’s not so pencil-ish, but I can’t talk – my Maria skirt has been taped together but no further action for nearly a year now. Fail on my part, yes indeed.

  3. It’s so irritating when a pattern you have used before somehow turns outs totally different to the previous times you have used it 😦
    You still have a good ‘cake’ skirt though, it will go with practically anything
    Congrats on the job, I am super jealous x

  4. Hmmm, a cake skirt named Marie…I see a connection there…

    French history aside, I can see what you mean about it…it looks fine, but since I know what the Marie looks like (having made a failed version of it myself), I can also see that it’s not what it was supposed to be. I do like the pleats with the A-line look, though! And I’ve been promising my husband that I would sew a shirt for him, but I haven’t even looked at a pattern yet.

  5. How strange about the skirt! It’s really cute on you, but I can understand why you might not be fired up about it if it’s not what you were thinking of.

  6. Oh, and I got distracted and hit send before I meant to! Congrats on the new gig– sounds WAY fun! I’ve been a pretty “meh” blogger lately, too… work has been BANANAS (I’ve been on set every day for like 16 hours the last week and a half) and I’m really struggling to motivate on the weekend to sew. 😦 I got up a little early today to start taping together the pattern for my Anise jacket… baby steps.

    We still need to hang out soon!!!!!

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