Marcus asked me if I was a “cricket widow” last weekend, which is a fair enough question. Neil has been very excited about The Ashes, especially since England now have a team to be proud of! I am ambivalent for the most part (I do have a crush on Alistair Cook).
However, because cricket commentary doesn’t require absolute concentration and silence, I’ve been using the time to knock some sewing out before uni starts back for my last semester.
So I guess this makes this my Second Test Skirt.
The pattern is New Look 6896, view C. I bought the pattern to make the trousers actually, but have so far made the skirt twice. The fashion fabric is a wool blend from Rathdowne Remnants. I got 3.2 metres, so I still have around half left. The lining is chanteuse from Spotty, just something a little heavier to compliment the wool. The pattern doesn’t accommodate lining, and it took a little fussing to get it right. In the end, rather than cutting a skirt front and a skirt back piece, I cut 2 skirt back pieces. These were then attached to the waistband facing.
My hand picked lapped zipper! This and the top-stitching on the pockets are my favourite details. I did attempt a little bit of pattern matching on the seams as well, but didn’t factor in seam allowance, so it looks neat, but not perfect.
I made a few little blunders like that during construction — I forgot the cut out the waistband facing, and attaching the waistband to the skirt so that the zipper aligned took about five attempts. I can get flustered when things like that happen and in the past, I have just fudged mistakes, or left them in. On this skirt, I made sure to go back and actually fix these mistakes, which has left me with a garment I’m much more satisfied with.
Excuse the lighting — the weather has been rubbish this week. They are gumboots I’m wearing and they did get wet! That has been one good thing about the cricket, seeing all those sunny days and knowing that it will be our turn again soon.