Sunday, 2 October 2011

Nikki is a genius!

It would come as no surprise to anyone who has made one of Nicole Mallalieu's many bag/purse or hat patterns that her A-line skirt pattern would be very well put together.

I did a sewalong a while back using the "Sew What' skirts book but if I had this pattern at that time it is what I would have used for all of them - without a doubt. 


The skirt just 'fits', the way a skirt should! 
No gaping waistline, no big bumps over the bum - everything clean and comfortable and correct - just the way I like it!

I know I will be getting lots of wear from this skirt this summer.
I adore this fabric, it's from the Amy Butler 'Love' range. 

I intended it to be a tunic but felt the motif's were too large once I got it and I was worried where on my chest those large medallions may have ended up...


The only dilemma - what length!!???
The bottom of this skirt is simply overlocked ready for me to hem - but at what length??

Let me know your skirt length thoughts - how much should I be taking off the bottom???

Oh, and please excuse the fact that I should have ironed this before I showed you...

Do yourself a favour and grab this pattern - then make 'em plain, make 'em panelled, make 'em long make 'em short!
It's all you need to get your summer wardrobe sorted.

27 comments:

willywagtail said...

I love the maxi skirt length but as this is a summer skirt perhaps just below or above the knee would be goo for the temperature. Pity to lose all those medallions though. Cherrie

Little Munchkins said...

I like my skirts knee-length so that's where I would cut it off. I remember you bought that fabric for the Schoolhouse tunic - I agree it would be tricky placing those flowers at the right spot.

And love those Saltwater sandals - I adore mine. I have so many pairs!

bec said...

great skirt, Cam finally helped me out with my sizing on it, and i'm going to make up another one too! I bought a Polly Pratt dress in that fabric love. Oh, and are they Saltwater sandals? Gorgeous color!

Tas said...

Am planning on sewing one of these up this week- have the pattern and fabric ready. Yours looks lovely- and I like it long!

Nikki said...

I think I'd keep that skirt long. Make the most of that gorgeous fabric!! And then I'd cut another one shorter.

And I'm very happy to hear that I'm a genius. :) (thanks!)

Little Miss Q said...

I would suggest mid calf or below the knee, to balance the large print. If you have enough left over, maybe a belt to wear with somethingelse?

Jennifer said...

Knee length or just above. You have worked so hard getting a great summer bod, you need to show it off! I love that fabric too and should really get some for my stash.

Lindi said...

Mid calf would look good with those medallions. You wouldn't lose too much and you would have a nice visual line of pattern down the length.

CurlyPops said...

You just reminded me that I haven't blogged mine yet - whoops!
I like knee length the best.

Selina said...

I quite like it long!

Miss Prudence said...

love love love it!

Tanya said...

looks great Kazz- love the fabric (ha, ha- Love). About the length- where are you going to be wearing it? I reckon shorter is abit more casual (?), but I quite like the longer half way between knee and ankle almost, maybe a bit shorter.

Cass said...

I'd probably do knee length for summer too but I never go long because I'm such a shorty!

Liam's Mummy said...

Gorgeous skirt! Nikki is very clever, isn't she. I love the way the invisible zipper goes in.

Brianna said...

Love your skirt! I have that fabric too and have been worried about using it for clothing too but a skirt solves the pattern problem. Now where did I put my copy of that pattern...

dearmolly said...

I like this one at current length, as Cherrie said it suits the fabric print, and always good to have a longer skirt in the wardrobe for white, hairy, bruised leg days!!

Looking forward to seeing more of these.
Lx

dearmolly said...

I like this one at current length, as Cherrie said it suits the fabric print, and always good to have a longer skirt in the wardrobe for white, hairy, bruised leg days!!

Looking forward to seeing more of these.
Lx

Jenny from Ohjoh said...

LOVE it!
It's beautiful. I think leave it Maxi and make another shorter one in another lovely fabric.
Would be a shame to cut it off.
Think I need to get this pattern....

quilary said...

The skirt looks lovely, and it's a great length on you. The large print compliments the longer length too.

Seaweed and Raine said...

Love the fit around the hips and your waistband. :) I think I'd go with a spot between my knee and the widest point on my calves (Above the latter so people can see your legs tapering and getting smaller. Enjoy wearing it - it looks fab! :)

Kelly O. said...

I like below the knee or mid calf but have been told that mid calf makes your calves look big--I like my calves just fine so that's the length I always choose :)

Sally said...

Fantastic. The skirt looks brilliant. Length... wear it long me thinks.

vanjo said...

I have only just found your blog and love reading it. I think that long skirts need to be ankle length - otherwise they just don't look right. But maybe that's because I'm tall and spent a lifetime with pants and skirts not being long enough! I think A-line's look good at the knee.
I was thinking about making a tunic in that print but hadn't even thought about the size of the print - thanks for the heads up :)

planettreasures said...

That is a really nice pattern - I'm inspired!

Kylie said...

I bought the pattern the other day and just waiting on its arrival (may finally trun my PC pack into a skirt - dont fall off your chair now will you)
It looks great - I personally like my skirts to be no shorted than my longest finger when help down against my body - dont ask just do.

willow and moo said...

You can get away with some length unlike Cass! ;)

I think the pattern is a testament to the fact that there is true skill in a well drafted pattern.

Anonymous said...

I would leave it long, the fabric is lovely and it would be a shame to chop it off. long skirts are great for summer too.
linda