Power Skirt

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It’s more than what it looks like–really. 

 

Or as Sandra Betzina calls it in Power Sewing Step-by-Step,  “Terrific Tube Skirt.” I’m wearing it with second-hand Kork Ease sandals, although the early 2000s block heels shown in the book made me nostalgic.

One yard of fabric; one seam with 1.5″ allowance.  (It hangs so beautifully!)  I used her ruching technique on the back hem. The fabric is Marcy Tilton’s black “Parisian Plus” knit, no longer available. It reminds me of a pair of Sympli pants that I wore to death.

And there it is. Sometimes you just need a quick fix.

 

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Ruched detail along back seam.
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Blurry “styling” photo with latest thrifting score: Eileen Fisher chambray shirt jacket, tags still on. Woot! 

 

 

 

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Unassuming white tank tops have been some of my most-worn garments, yet for some reason, the slowest to be replaced when the need arises.

Last spring and summer I’d curse as I commuted in the sweltering heat, wearing my cardigan to cover old salsa stains or hide dingy beige bra straps (that’s a topic for another post). No more.

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I can take this cardigan off without fear!

This year, I’m ready with a me-made layering piece that also works on its own. I used Style Arc’s Evie top in size 14 as a baseline. I tried it on after finishing the bands; my high hips and short waist fought with the high/low silhouette so I traced the shirttail hemline of a favorite tee.

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Shirttail hem. |  Pants: Eileen Fisher. Flats: Saks, second-hand. Necklace: gift. Cardigan (top photo): Pendleton, second-hand.

This kind of (minor) modification would have seemed impossible to me even a few months ago–I credit Alison Glass and Karen LePage’s Knit Essentials with demystifying the fitting process and helping me to accept that pattern modifications are inevitable. It’s really changed my thinking.

How much time do you typically spend tweaking a pattern? What are you sewing to get ready for spring or summer?