I have seen a lot of bloggers lately reflecting on the idea of sewing basics vs sewing special pieces. It’s probably obvious from reading my blog that I don’t sew many basics. I don’t sew shorts, t-shirts or undergarments, and I don’t knit plain black sweaters. I can buy all these things easily, and I want to use my sewing time making this I can’t buy for myself. I sew a lot of dresses, which are their own outfits, so I probably don’t really need that many basics anyway!
But lately? I’ve noticed one thing I lack in my wardrobe: skirts! Sure, I can thrift skirts easily, but they are never the ones I want. I like a skirt to sit on or above my waist, as I don’t think a low-rise suits my shape. I own a full, thrifted (and refashioned) chambray skirt which I love, but other than that I have no skirts in solid colors to match the tops in my wardrobe. As a result, those tops never get worn, which is a shame! So I am declaring July to be the month of the skirt! (I know I stole this idea from another blogger – can anyone tell me who so I can give them credit?)
I’m starting out simple:
I know I said I was making a chambray Beignet, but I thought again… all the pencil skirts I wear have one thing in common, they are all made of stretch wovens. So I’m making a plain black beignet in a lovely black RPL woven. I am leaving out the lining, pockets, and belt in order to simplify things. Right now I’m looking for buttons – when I find the perfect set I can get the side seams fitted and finished! My other beignet is not comfortable, and it never really was… I’m hoping my stretch fabric idea works out!
Other candidates for the month of the skirt:
My goal is to make up three skirts, including the beignet. I’m definitely wanting to make the chambray skirt, so the other is tbd (possibly the other full skirt, as it is after all still summer!)
We will see if my boredom interferes with my plans – as much as I love wearing skirts, I get terribly bored making them sometimes!