My second piece of Summer wardrobe is the 'Study Hall Skirt' by Anna-Maria Horner. I have had the pattern for a long time now but never really found the right fabric combination to match its fabulousness. That was until the 'Field Study' collection came out with it's cotton/linen mix that is slightly heavier than quilting cotton and is ideal for this type of skirt. The pleats sit better with a stiffer fabric.
For this skirt I used the 'Ghost Wing in Aqua' and 'Domestic Cat in Aqua' fabric. I had plenty of fabric and spend a lot of time cutting to make sure I had the best parts of the fabric. The back of the skirt has some pretty accurate pattern matching going on (you hear how proud I am ?) and I made sure that all inset pleats had a row of roses in the middle. These become visible during movement and are a really nice feature.
This skirt is not thrown together in 90 minutes but even though it is a lot of work, it really was very enjoyable to sew together and I can't wait to make the next one.
The skirt came together much easier than I thought and the
pattern is explained well. The only thing I was unsure about right from
the beginning was if the seam allowance was included and after some
help from friends on Instagram I was assured that it was.
There are just a few things I made differently from the
original pattern. While researching the skirt on the Internet I came
across this blogpost
by 'Resore your House'. The Lady lined the skirt which is something I
really missed on the pattern. There are very few skirts that sit well
without lining (for example a denim skirt) but most would ride up
without it and if you spend a lot of time and money creating something then
I think it deserves to look at its best. I also top-stitched the pleats
but not all the way as she did.
I so love how this skirt turned out and have been wearing it all summer gathering many compliments on the way. This is very much me as I not only love colour in my quilts but am also not afraid of wearing it.