I happened to come upon the cutest sweater at Banana Republic, but alas, no skirt or pants to go with it. After tirelessly searching for something perfect, I decided that I must make a skirt. Not just any skirt would do. I remembered seeing my friend, Lauren, of American Duchess Shoes wearing the most adorable looking skirt in her ads for her Clairmont, 1930's style shoes. I asked her about it and she replied that she had made it many years ago and still had the pattern. She graciously gave me the pattern, but I had to promise to lend it back to her if she ever decided she would like to make another. So, I of course gave her my word and away I went searching for the perfect fabric.
I thought for sure that the search would take some time, but was pleasantly surprised when at the first fabric shop I searched had not only one, but two possibilities. Mill End Fabrics in Carson City rarely fails to disappoint me. The first fabric I found was a dark, wool and rayon blend that had the exact wine color as my sweater. I was ready to settle on that fabric, but needed to satisfy my curiosity of wondering if there might be a more perfect fit as I was not sold on the idea of such a dark fabric for this sweater. So, around the aisles I went and was just about to leave when I saw it. At just 42 inches left on the bolt when the pattern calls for 2 3/8 yards, I had no idea if I could make it work, but it was too perfect not to try.
I carefully squeezed the pattern pieces in to fit on the bit of fabric, alternating them tops to bottoms even though the pattern instructions called to have them lined up tops to tops. I also needed to pin the godets onto the fabric at an angle.
It just fit! I could hardly believe it. And this is what was left after cutting the pieces...
The pattern went together fairly easy and quickly. Thanks again to Lauren for giving me the pattern. I love my new skirt! It looks perfect with my Clairmont's :)