In between difficult projects with patterns, I wanted to create a few easy skirts so that I could practice my technique and have a few finished products to satisfy the sewing bug.
As mesmerized as I get by beautiful fabric patterns, I learned the importance of a good solid colored piece to balance out the numerous patterned projects overtaking my closet. I bought a single yard of eucalyptus colored organic cotton, and decided to turn it into a simple mini skirt for the spring and summer.
Buying solid colored fabrics based on my color palette
I created my own color palette by looking at photos of forests and other natural settings. The skirt matches the eucalyptus color swatch.
I found it important to throw some solid colored skirts into my wardrobe because my fabric stash was getting very pattern heavy.
I am still having trouble learning how to make shirred fabric on my sewing machine, so I created a waistband with a ruffled edge using two elastic bands. This not only ended up being sturdier, but also looked nicer.
This skirt reminded me just how much I love eucalyptus and sage as colors for my wardrobe. The pale greens go beautifully with cream and brown colors—I feel as pretty as a birch tree!
My only complaint is that I forgot pockets! I was in such a rush that I forgot my favorite dress component!
What I learned…
This original project taught me a few things:
- Be neat with solid colored fabrics – Sewing with solid fabrics will remind you to be neat with your stitching because mistakes are more visible on solid colors.
- Add solid colors to your me-made wardrobe – It’s easy to get excited over attractive fabric patterns, but they don’t always go with everything. Add your favorite solids to the mix so that your wardrobe is easier to wear.
- Pockets are essential – I told you I would be repeating this lesson! Every time I put on this skirt, I get a little irritated that I forgot the pockets.
The Final Verdict
I give this Eucalyptus Mini Skirt an 8/10.
How could I forget the pockets!?!? I will manage, but this gets me upset. Minus a point for rushing through this project.
Thankfully, I’m loving how it pairs with my cream cardigan and Pokémon shirt.
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