There is a strange phenomenon that occurs when I know I have a special occasion coming up – suddenly nothing in my closet is suitable. So when I finally decided to take the plunge and travel to
New York, a new wardrobe
was in order. Ridiculous? Perhaps. But also fun!
Cotton seemed like a good idea for what was likely to be a hot and humid trip.
So it was off to the quilting cotton section . . . I know some people will cringe, but I have had a lot of luck with the quilting mid-weights. And Susan Winget’s “
” is some of the loveliest cotton I have worked with in a long time. Poppy Garden
I think this skirt is probably one of my favorite patterns ever (well, it is actually a dress, but I only made the complete outfit once. My first skirt version was made up in a novelty watermelon print, and also used to make one of my favorite petticoats.
Since this is a dress pattern, I obviously needed to come up with a waistband. This one is shaped (smaller at the waistline, slightly larger at the top edge) - for any finished waistband wider than one inch, I find this to be more comfortable. And I moved the opening to the center back with an invisible zipper because I had a suitable color on hand.
This time around, I decided a tea length skirt would be nice; mostly because I wasn't sure just how windy it might be and a knee length circle skirt can get a bit scandalous on windy streets. After washing the yardage, I squeezed as much length as possible out of the fabric width. That turned out to be only three inches, but I am happy with the result.
And instead of a standard two-fold hem, I added an extra step for myself this time around.
Yarn was added to the hemline as a pseudo-corded treatment that I have seen in antique petticoats. This was the easy version using washed and dried cotton yarn and a zig-zag stitch.
But it does help the hemline stand away from the body more than just a folded hem would have done, so mission accomplished! And there ends the first piece of my New York wardrobe.