I made myself a beautiful new skirt for Mother's Day. I don't always get the chance or decide to make something new for myself for a holiday or a special night, but it does make the event a little more special when I get to wear a successful me made. The key here is successful though. I used to make a lot more mistakes and end up not liking the result. I feel like I finally know my colors and silhouettes, and I have bettered my skills and am willing to sew slower and better which makes for successful makes.
I used some amazing mint laser-cut fabric that I got at Joann's Black Friday sale last year and some matching mint satin for lining. I love the color mint. This fabric was easy to work with, and the satin was easy to work with; it's always kind of a surprise working with easy wovens after working with knits all the time. Don't get me wrong, knits are still my favorite and forever will be, but sometimes it's nice to work with wovens now and again.
I didn't use a pattern, I just kind of winged it. I used a yard and a half of fabric and cut it half lengthwise. I made a straight waistband and then pleated the fabric to make it fit. I had to redo the pleats a couple of times to get them all evenly spaced. I find it easier to fold the pleats until they are right instead of trying to figure out the math of them. I always mess up the math somewhere have to redo it anyway. I did French seams throughout so it looks pretty inside and outside. I used an invisible zipper on the back because they are the easiest to install for me. I did baby hems at the bottom and left the laser-cut overlay 2" longer for a nice look.
My only issue I've found with this fabric so far is that is that either my kids are poking their fingers in the holes or it sometimes gets caught on corners, drawer pulls, etc. It's a little annoying, but the fabric has held up so I don't think it'll be that big of a deal.