On Wednesday, you got a sneaky peek at the pockets on my latest make, in my post on Crafty’s creative closures class that inspired them. And now you get to see the whole skirt! And if you thought my Sew for Victory dress was more tame than normal, with plain ol’ polka dots, how about polka dots with… birdcages? Yep, birdcages.
The fabric is another Lecien print on a lovely lightweight cotton, from their Folk Tales collection by Natalie Lymer. I had this in my stash for quite awhile, but you can still find some on Etsy. It languished unsewn for a long time since I thought it was red when I ordered it, but it’s decidedly hot pink. So I had to really want to sew a hot pink something with birdcages on it. Fortunately, I was finally up for it!
You can see that I turned the patch pockets on their side, even though they were cut on grain. I explained in my previous post but in case you missed it: because I did this, I lined the pockets. I knew that by essentially placing them on the bias, that if I put anything in them they’d stretch out. So I used some random poly lining in my stash to line them, which makes them much more durable.
The skirt itself is just a basic dirndl–I didn’t even bother to consult the 40s dirndl pattern I’ve used in the past because it’s basically two rectangles sew together and gathered, with a lapped zipper and waistband with button closure. And I no longer need help for any of those things which makes the construction pretty easy for me.
Well, the pockets weren’t easy. Okay, they weren’t difficult, just time consuming. They took forever! Lining, the trim at the top which turns into a facing on the inside, the tabs… they probably took as long to construct as the whole rest of the skirt combined! But in the end, they were totally worth it, because I think they add such a fun element.
(And oh yeah, I popped the waistband on upside down just because. We’re talking hot pink and birdcages. There are no rules.)
And I’m so glad I trimmed the pockets with black fabric, to match the tab. They just pop that way and I think it makes the pockets stand out on a busy print!
I have to admit that I haven’t been much in the mood to sew skirts lately, and I know why: I am woefully lacking in the solid-colored top department. I looove prints so much that it’s hard to get me to sit down and sew a solid. Like, damn near impossible. I sewed this white blouse last year and wear it with everything because I love it so much… and because I don’t have any others like it. And I’d be happy to buy solid tops, but I have a hard time finding ones I like, too!
I’m thinking what I may do is devote an entire month to whipping up some solid blouses so that I can crank them out and be done with them for awhile. Any suggestions for particularly nice solid cottons that work well for blouses but aren’t too sheer (like many solid-colored lawns I’ve seen)? I’m all ears.
So anyway, this might be a good late spring project when we’re back from Ireland.
I love my Birdcage Dirndl and it may be making a trip over the pond to the Emerald Isle. Speaking of which, we leave in less than a week! If you can’t tell, I’ve been cranking out projects and rushing around like a mad woman beforehand. I have a whole series of posts lined up next week for a mini nail care series and hopefully I’ll be online a bit on the road, although I may be having so much fun that you won’t see much of me. Which is a good thing, as I kind of need a break!
If you have any last minute tips on great things to do in Dublin, drop me an email. I’m so excited!