Cherry Cascade Skirt

I’m back!  Who knew this would work out to be a post-every-two-weeks thing?  Not me.  For some reason, I thought sewing clothes, taking decent pictures of myself wearing said clothing, and preparing coherent text to accompany the photos would be SOOOO EASY.  I’ll have to post twice a week just to keep up with my makes!  HAH.  Well, I guess the job gets in the way sometimes.  And now that Ramadan has begun, I have realized that I have very little patience for complicated projects and fiddly fabrics when my blood sugar is low.

Pic7Here is the second completed project on my summer list: a Megan Nielsen Cascade skirt done up in a fun cherry print rayon challis.  You may recognize this from the Gertie line of fabric at JoAnn’s.  Although I like the vintage look on other people, I’ve never really loved these kinds of prints for myself.  Nevertheless, I found myself perusing the selection in the store one day and decided I needed 3 yards of this fabric.  It’s very hard for me to turn away from a cool rayon print.  The turquoise background and red cherries really pop!

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Initially I wanted to use this fabric for an awesome wide-legged jumpsuit.  Sadly, I did not have nearly enough fabric.  My 3 yards shrank into 2.5 after washing and trimming some off-grain edges, but I wouldn’t have had enough even if I hadn’t lost that little bit.  Ah well, my jumpsuit dreams will have to wait.

I then turned to my pattern stash (mostly digital) for ideas.  The Cascade skirt jumped out right away: drapey, flowy, and total summer vibes.  There are only 3 pattern pieces, but man oh man are they big.  I managed to fit the main skirt pieces neatly on my yardage, but I had to piece together the tie-front waistband (version 3).  Luckily the print is pretty busy and the ties are soooooo long that my six or seven seams are not noticeable.

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The insides are French seamed – guys, there are only two seams.  Piece. Of. Cake.  The hem is another story.  It feels like it goes on for miles.  The instructions carefully guide you through a narrow hem.  It’s actually pretty easy, but it means you basically stitch the length of your hem three times.  It took me the better part of 3 hours, including breaks to complain to myself about how long it was taking.  I’m glad I’ve learned how to do it, and I feel like it is a skill that will come in handy later on.  I still love that nifty rolled hem feature on my serger, though.  If I had matching thread I probably would have used that instead.

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It’s a wrap skirt, so I didn’t worry too much about fit.  I sewed up the size L and the cross over section hits in the right spot.  I decided to interface the center part of the waistband, but it feels very stiff now.  Maybe it will soften a bit after a few washes, but I think my mistake was interfacing the entire width of the waistband (it’s the fold-over type).  Next time I may skip it or just interface the outer half.

I love this skirt and hope to get a lot of wear out of it this summer.  The only complaint I have is that it has a tendency to fly up in a gust of wind . . . or while running down the stairs too quickly.  And it is a wrap skirt, so this could be a problem.  Maybe I need to make a body suit to wear with it?  Or am I worrying too much?

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4 thoughts on “Cherry Cascade Skirt

  1. Lovely skirt! I have this pattern as well, I haven’t sewn it up yet as I keep thinking it needs a lining (as the back hem shows), but the trick might be to choose a light coloured fabric like you did!

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    • Thanks! I think I lucked out that this fabric was opaque enough not to line, and that the reverse doesn’t look terrible. I’ve been thinking about a cooler-weather version with a lining, but that would mean hemming twice!

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