… it’s another maxi!
This one was a long time coming – in fact, I bought the fabric from Britex in San Francisco a few years ago. At the time I was still mightily intimidated by fabric stores, so I skulked up to the remnants floor in the attic, and lo and behold the most wonderful stripy rayon emerged! It’s been sitting in my stash ever since as it wasn’t weather-appropriate.. thank goodness for mid-winter vacations.
This time, I used the waistband of my TNT Simplicity 2343, and self-drafted the skirt. I measured the widest point of my hips (while sitting down – very important for we ladies who spread), added 5 inches of ease, and cut a rectangle that size. Side benefit of no side seams: no stripe matching!
Then, I fit the top to the waistband by making four inverted pleats. I must say, this didn’t 100% work out – it’s slightly too tight at the top – so I think I will be re-doing the top using tucks instead which can spread out when I move about. At the back, a trusty invisible zipper (confession: I’ve never done any other type…).
I also made a total rookie error of making myself a long tubular skirt.. that I couldn’t walk in. Luckily, an easy fix – I made a 12 inch finished slit up the back, and voila! Walking.