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summer skirt

I’ve been away from my sewing machine for way too long (something about a full time job plus a budding photography business on the side), but once I sit down at the machine again I just can’t stop.
Since much of my spring wardrobe planning never really materialized I’ve put off planning and just stay curious what strikes my fancy next, both in terms of patterns and fabrics and colors.
When I found this great lightweighed cotton fabric in town I just knew it was meant to be either a dress or a skirt.

I contemplated using the Wiksten Tulip Skirt pattern (yet) again, but decided to just wing it and go for a more flowy look. Two rectangles, a little gathering in the middle, a fitted waistband and a handpicked zipper…nice and simple.

Only on assembling the skirt I realized it would probably have looked great calf-length. Too late…a still modest knee-length it is.

I’m particularly proud of the handpicked zipper. I don’t have an invisible zipper foot and I do like to do as much sewing on the old treadle as possible (I could probably get a zipper foot for the 1965 Singer but haven’t tried yet). I used Tasia’s great tutorial for the handpicked zipper, super easy and I’m very pleased with the result.
I’ve worn it only once yet. We’ve got gorgeous summer weather at the moment, but I’m holed up at home with a tummyache which the doctor says is caused by a virus and I’m to stay at home and basically not eat anything tasty for a couple of days…so wish me luck I’ll be feeling better next week and ready to take this skirt out.