NaBloPoMo fail & I need to clean my mirror

I tried, valiantly, to post here. It seems that unless I blog first in the in the morning, it doesn’t happen.

It’s still morning, and I’m sitting down to post, so we’ll see how this week goes.

Today I finished this skirt. Skirts are a tricky thing for me, as I am tall and long waisted, and have certain requirements for my skirts.

They have to reach a certain point on my waist, and they must cover my knees when I am sitting [this is a touch of modesty and to remind me that I am indeed wearing a skirt and should not sit as if I am in trousers]. I wanted a longer skirt, touching the top of my shoes, for the cooler fall/spring and cold winter months. This was spurred on almost two years ago by my Burial Rituals in Medieval Europe history professor, who has the loveliest khaki skirt with pockets and a zipper fly a la jeans.

One of the problems in finding skirts like these lies in what is popular in fashion/culture at the moment. I’m lucky to find a skirt that hits my knees, much less goes past the middle of my calves. I managed to find a few websites that sell longer skirts for either Muslim or Tzunit women.

Wonderful skirts, not so wonderful prices.*

Last month, while waiting for Matt to finish a meeting, I was in the university bookstore, and picked up a book on how to draft your own skirt patterns. There were sections on straight skirts, layered/tiered skirts, and circle skirts.

I thought to myself:  “You’ve made lots of skirts for yourself. ” How hard would it be to draft a pattern of my own, make a muslin trial, and go from there?

Not too difficult, luckily.

I used 4 yards of a silvery grey courderoy, matching thread, and an invisible zipper.

Newspaper was my pattern piece. I put it together, then added the invisible zipper. I would like to say that adding an invisible zipper was easier and simpler than installing a normal zipper, and I did it with a normal zipper foot. The key is just to be very careful and slow.

It went together without too much fuss, though I did have to re-sew most of the seams to make it fit. I added a facing at the waist, and my MiL was kind enough to pin the hem for me. Normally I would just pin it all the way around, but I am a curvy woman, and we found out the giggly way it would look ridiculous.

I did a decorative embroidery stitch around the hem, and voila, it is done.

I plan on making one out of denim, and one out of black linen. I also plan on writing up a pattern/tutorial, as I think this is a really flattering skirt, and easy enough to draft for women of larger sizes.

What are you making for the winter?

*Please ignore the fact my mirror is horribly dirty, and the boxes hovering in the background. We’re in the process of relocating.


  1. Laura said:

    I like your skirt! That’s the kind of pattern I need for the wool that I told you about last night.

  2. AlisonH said:

    I love your skirt! And you sound like I could have written that description of the requirements. Overpriced zipper fly with nice deep pockets in brushed cotton (and pleats on the sides)? Got one, from an Orvis outlet, but the honest truth is it bunches in a wad in front when I walk; flattering? Not so much. Yours, however, looks perfect to my eyes and style.

    Mine have to cover my knees, like you say; they’ve got to have room to walk comfortably without calling attention to themselves by changing my steps; and…they have to not make it worse if my balance tumbles me overboard but rather keep me covered.

    And did I mention I like yours?! Well done!

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