Friday, September 25, 2015

Ridiculously Easy Skirt in Ankara Dutch Wax

While waiting to  hear the results of the  PR sewing Bee round 2 (I did not win, but did advance), I needed a palate cleanser. I recently got another order of some Ankara Dutch Wax fabric and decided to play around with it.


I used Simplicity 1664 to try the skirt in a length I do not normally wear.
The skirt has a high wide waistband that I liked.


This was a very easy and a fast sew. Start to finish, this took about 1.5 hours including cutting time. I added six inches to the length and made a long sash to increase the width of the high waist. The sash doubles as a head wrap.






I am glad I made this. It was fast to make and allowed me to test a style I normally would not wear. I do not think this is my style of skirt. I think a mod, shorter silhouette, or a floor length maxi is more flattering for me. I would have liked more fullness in the skirt and think pockets are never a bad idea in a skirt. 


Skirt with belt tied in back.

Do not get me wrong, I wore this all day and was pretty happy with it. I am looking forward to styling it differently to make it work in the future. This fabric comes in six yard lots; I did not mind using it as a muslin for this pattern. I have enough left to make something that is more "me" later. 

Do you make tried and true garments or do you branch out to test new styles? 

Happy Sewing,
Bianca

5 comments:

  1. How did you not win?! Your entry was so good!! I'm glad you advanced, but I still advocate them declaring you the winner of the whole contest after that last entry. :) I like this skirt and I definitely get the need for a quick project after a really complicated one. I have a quick skirt to make next, too. I love this one and the sash/head wrap.

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    1. I know right!? I made a knock-out cardigan! I had high hopes until the last day when JEF submitted her project. I saw it and just said "DAMNIT!" :) I knew it was over then, her coat is SPECTACULAR! Please remind me next year that I am not cut out for competitions. This is emotionally draining.

      Thanks for your support and encouragement! Good luck in your contest.

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  2. Glad to see that you advanced--really wish you'd won. Love the skirt.. The sash makes it so versatile. I usually don't sew them. You've got me rethinking that.

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    1. Thanks Catherine! I was hoping to win, but JEF's is awesome and well deserved. I never wear headwraps myself. My cousin asked me to make her some and I was testing the idea; I like it. Hope you try it and like it.

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