Still working my way through my Blackbird Fabrics stash - this one's a geometric tweed. Even before I saw it in person, I knew I was going to make a skirt with it...I just couldn't picture it being anything else. I was still in recovery mode from finishing my Dahlia(so worth it - but exhausting nonetheless!), and hadn't started a new project in a couple of weeks, so I needed a quick and easy make to get my sewjo back.
I was initially picturing this with leather trim - either along the waistband, or with a couple of cute welt pockets, but ultimately decided this fabric was fun enough on its own and didn't need it. Also (the real reasons): I didn't have any leather trim and have only sewn with leather once before so just didn't feel like dealing with it. The name of the game here was quick and simple.
In my mind, this was going to be a miniskirt. But then the practical side of my brain reminded me that I don't really need a mini skirt, and what I really need is a good work skirt. I decided the print on the fabric was busy enough so the skirt's shape should be really simple. I flipped through my stash of old patterns I got from my mom and found the gem that is NewLook 6843. (I've been so spoiled lately with the beautiful packaging and pretty details of indie patterns; this NewLook packaging is fugly but I guess it's what's inside that counts, right?)
The only mod I made was to use an exposed zipper rather than an invisible one - I thought it was a nice complement to the geometric pattern of the fabric. I also fully lined it using this helpful tutorial by Tilly and the Buttons.
I finished this one up just in time to get a few wears in while the weather was still cool and rainy...spring is finally here in Toronto (hopefully to stay!) so my next few makes should be much more colorful!