Make it Monday // Seamwork Patsy

This skirt is from the Seamwork, skill building pattern collection.

Patsy: With subscriber’s bonus – pleats.

I have been working on this skirt since it came out; not sure if that was two or three months ago, and really not wanting to look. Let’s go with two! I can’t say I loved the farmgirl version, original Patsy, but this shorter pleated version definitely got my attention.

Short Patsy with pleats as posted by Seamwork. (L) and Elisalex’s Raw Silk version (R) – hers is much more 50 vibe than the religious oppression version I cooked up.

Perfectly timed, I had just seen a blogger I follow (Elisalex of By Hand London fame) make a similar tea length version without a pattern right before this pattern was released. For mine, I did a dark pink faux silk, fully lined version, with added inseam pockets. In full disclosure, I left it below the knee length and joked with my SIL that it looked like a religious oppression skirt. The length plus pleats was not a winning combination for me.

I was trying to get a similar shot – for comparison to the one above. This is what Brendon did. Hmmm. I really need to scope out a wall at the new place for my photos and set up the tripod; my photographers are getting more resistant.

I shortened it and am pretty happy with the results. Unfortunately, my waist size changed during the long duration between muslin and skirt and now it’s a bit baggy, which I could do without. I’m kind of kicking myself for not trying it on during construction as I had to redo the zipper twice and I could’ve easily taken it in either of those times. Oh well. Worked pretty well with bike shorts underneath on Sunday.

One item of note is the whole skirt is French seamed. Meaning there are no raw, fraying edges lurking about in the inside. Even the pockets!! Eeek!! Thank you League of Dressmakers sewing group for the assist and helping me take my sewing up a notch. Inside the skirt at pocket (L). Outside at the pocket (R). This fabric is a real chameleon – the color is constantly changing.

Stepping out in my Patsy for church. This is as good as it gets with 30 minutes to shower and dress after a 3 mile run, feeding kids and cutting hubby’s hair. Nothing like cramming a few things in before 9:00am. And don’t think Hubby was too tolerant of the photo taking either. Haha.

And for a bit of bad news….whomp, whomp, whomp. I had planned to make the Astoria top to go with this skirt. Wouldn’t that have looked cute?! Then the long sleeve t-shirt Alice came out this month and I decided at the 11th hour to make that. Only my computer stopped talking to my printer and I was so frustrated I printed the pattern using Hubby’s computer.

Weeeellll, you know how there is the test square on the first sheet to make sure the pattern prints the correct size? I noticed it was a touch, a tad, an itty bitty bit small. Turns out that makes a BIG difference. After all my careful sewing and finishing. I can’t get my arms into the Alice top I made. Waaahhhh. Should’ve stuck to tried and true Astoria! A real bummer.

 

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