**Update: the winner of the giveaway is dotted whale!**
Good morning! So when the insanely talented Marte of Compagnie-M contacts you, curious as to whether you’d like to try out her new skirt pattern, there’s really only one answer.
And there’s really only one word for the skirt: fabulous. M doesn’t actually comment much on the clothes I make for K, but when he saw this one, he was seriously impressed. “Cuuuuute!” he said. And that, my friends, is the highest form of compliment.
Let’s talk about the details, shall we? Did you think I would make this in anything other than grey? Of course not. The fabric is some kind of denim/stretch twill combo, I think, and I guess it’s more of a dusty French blue-grey. One of my favorite shades. There’s a good amount of give and I love the texture. It’s pretty thick and I freaked out a little while I was making this because when I started to iron the fabric, rusty, orange spots started to appear when my iron spouted some water. Thankfully, they went away as soon as the fabric dried.
The piping. This is the first time I made piping myself, and the cording I got turned out to be thicker than I initially thought, but it all worked out in the end. I don’t know why I don’t add piping more – it instantly elevates the garment to a whole new level of coolness, and this was no exception. And it’s not just neutral business, oh no. Can you see? There’s a floral party going on with the pocket lining/facing. It’s the same fabric as the infinity scarf, and it’s always fun to add little details like that. Ignore that bit of puckering that happened when I tried to attach the waistband. The waistband turned out to be a tiny touch too small.
Now, I’m not one for following trends normally, but I’ve been hugely enjoying the stripes + floral print madness going on lately. It’s very JCrew and Anthro. In my book, it doesn’t get any better than that.
When I saw the Swing Skirt pattern, this entire outfit immediately popped into my brain. If that tee looks familiar, it’s because I made a remarkably similar one for Elsie Marley when we had a clothing swap last year. In fact, this one was meant to go to Meg’s son, but it was early days of knit sewing for me and I just couldn’t get the neckband to come out right (you can see the one I finally sent off here and here). It’s the Oliver + S Field Trip Raglan Tee, which is a fantastic pattern. It’s amazing what a difference a year and over a hundred handmade garments will make: I finished the neckline in about five minutes. Ditto with the infinity scarf, which is made from some luscious lawn-like cotton I’ve had since before K was walking.
The pockets! Oh, how I adore these pockets. They are so easy to construct, yet look incredibly high-end and challenging.
I won’t lie: this skirt took me a long time to make. I’m used to Japanese patterns that are, quite frankly, very fast to construct. It’s not that the swing skirt is difficult at all – in fact, Marte’s instructions are excellent, and the steps are very straightforward. It’s just not your bang-it-out-in-fifteen-minutes skirt that I may be prone to making. Marte includes a lot of details that result in a professional-looking finish, which is absolutely lovely, but I probably shouldn’t have started sewing at 11pm. I didn’t want to disappoint Marte’s high standards, and I admit I had to unpick more than a few seams, and I still ended up with some puckering. And the only other downside was that the sizing was off – the stretch factor may be to blame, but I cut the 7 (which has K’s exact measurements), but the waist is very loose and for these photos, I had to actually fold the waistband to keep the skirt from slipping off of her hips. BUT. She loves it so much that after the photoshoot, I added a temporary FOE waistband as a stop-gap measure so she can wear it out of the house. And it will be worn for years to come, I’m sure, and next time, I’ll make the waist adjustable, which is an option.
Regardless, cuuuuuuuuuuuute and fabulous, right?
So, onto the giveaway! Marte is generously giving away a free digital Swing Skirt pattern to you, my lucky readers. Y’all know that techy stuff isn’t my particular strength, and Marte, who obviously doesn’t suffer the same fate, provided a very savvy rafflecopter functionality for you to enter the giveaway. It’s open until November 6th, so act fast! And don’t forget to check out the other wonderful swing skirts on the tour.