My Winter Uniform

Sometimes when I’m feeling a bit adrift, it helps to adopt a uniform so I can feel more like myself. I’ve decided this winter’s uniform will be short skirts, tights, and layers on top. To that end, I just made 3 short skirts from the same pattern. It’s really fast to sew identical garments. I stacked-and-whacked the linings, then assembled all the linings out of silk twill first. Then I assembled the blue and black skirts using black thread, then the tan one using tan thread. They came out really nicely, and I have worn 2 out of the 3. Actually, I had to take the blue one off my body to photograph it, which is why it is wrinkled. The fabrics were all from a Michael’s bundle.

The pattern I used was from BWOF 7/08. I like it for a couple of reasons. I like the yoke, which is comfortable to wear. The pockets are very handy. The slight pegged shape feels current. Also, the pattern is drafted with a wide hem allowance and the instructions call for several layers of topstitching at the hem. One problem with short skirts worn with tights is that they tend to ride up. I think the wide hem and the topstitching will add some weight at the hem, which, combined with the slippery lining, will prevent this from happening.


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