Friends, this was originally part of the Red, White, and Blue Sew Weekly Challenge, but I was totally late on my submission for the site, and then I got busy with the cleaning and the packing, so I hope you'll forgive me for just now getting around to posting this.
You're probably saying, "MG. That does NOT look like a scrap. You are a big liar face."
Ok, so it's not MY scrap, but it was Mama Grand's scrap. Mama Grand definitely covered a couch with that material and passed it along to Sister Grand #1, who kept that couch until passing it along to Sister Grand #2, who then gave it back to Mama Grand, who covered it in black pleather-ish material (Oh yes, you'll be seeing that soon)... but there were still these blue and white striped pieces from it's first covering.
When I saw how large the scrap pieces were, I knew I wanted it to be a fun chevron skirt. I've had the Colette Ginger skirt pattern in my stash for some time, and it was about time to bust it out and make something fabulous. I loved the pattern - a breeze to work with, and I love that the pattern piece indicated which way to lay the fabric in order to have beautiful chevrons. Of course, I only paid so much attention to how I was cutting my pieces... and that definitely led to trouble down the line.
Because I wasn't really thinking ahead to plan my chevron skirt back pieces, I cut the back pieces out completely backwards. So, no chevrons on the side or back because I hadn't been paying attention. UGH. Silly Meg. I thought a bit and wondered if it would make much difference if I made the center back seam become the side seam, this obtaining my chevron look.
As you can see, it worked out pretty well! I became a little concerned about the fit though - it feels as though it is pulling tight across my stomach, making my little happy tummy appear A LOT happier than it actually is. I was sucking my happy tummy in for every single one of these pictures.
While I love that this skirt turned out beautifully in terms of all the chevrons, I don't know if high-waisted skirts are for me. The waistband felt a bit bulky, and I think pairing it with this summer sweater tee didn't help the bulk factor. I think the chevrons drew attention upwards to my waistline a bit, causing me to feel a bit more self conscious about the fit than I might have been otherwise. I am willing to try this pattern again, though, thanks to all of the lovely encouragement of the fabulous Sew Weekly contributors. I may try it in a solid color with a waistband facing instead of a waistband. OR I might use the waistbands and add a full skirt or pencil skirt instead, a la my hero The Dreamstress's suggestion. I want to emphasize my booty and make my waist look tiny. I think I may be able to achieve this with a little more work.
Of course, if I wore a darker colored top with this skirt, it might work better as well. There will be lots of experimenting, both with this pattern and with making this skirt wearable because I LOVE CHEVRONS.
Friends: high-waisted skirts: love them or hate them? Or how to style them when you aren't sure where you fall?
Have a fabulous day, all! XOXO