Well, it seems that I am quite taken with this ’70s fashion revival. I think it’s partially because it reminds me a little of my childhood in the ’90s, when flared jeans, platform shoes and crochet tops were also very in. I’ve heard it all my life, but I guess I’m finally old enough now to notice how cyclical fashion actually is. Great, now I’m never throwing anything out!
It’s no surprise then, that I was immediately drawn to the Rosarí skirt pattern by Pauline Alice. I’ve seen a few other versions of the A-line button down skirt, but I just loved all of the different pocket variations on this one. Super versatile!
The version I made here is a mini skirt using pocket D (zippers!) in a lovely blue wool crepe. I picked this up on a trip to Philadelphia about 2 years ago. I showed up at Fabric Row on a Sunday and only one shop was open (Fleishman’s maybe?). I also had no idea what wool crepe was. I just touched it and fell in love. I bought two yards and immediately used one to make a Charlotte skirt. I still wear that skirt, but it was one of the very first garments I made for myself and as such is very poorly stitched. I’m glad I saved the rest for future, more experienced me.
You may have heard this before, but working with wool crepe is a dream. It sews and presses beautifully, and is squishy and soft and does whatever you tell it to! OHHHH wool, how I love you so! I want to buy it in every color and make an entire winter work wardrobe out of it.
Okay, enough gushing. Now for the serious stuff: fit. This is actually my second iteration of this pattern. I made the knee-length version in a medium weight denim first. I cut the 48 based on my measurements at the time, and ended up taking it in a little before attaching the waistband. It was still a little big, so before cutting my second, I altered the back pattern piece by taking 1/4″ off the CB and trimming to a smaller size at the side seam (basically cut the 46 instead of the 48). On top of this, I ended up taking in all of the seams by 1/4″ while sewing. I think it fits pretty well now. The waistband isn’t too stiff, so I like how snug it is at the waist.
The only other adjustment I made was adding 2″ to the mini length (just in case – mini skirts kind of scare me).
The zippers are actually jean zippers. The pattern calls for 6″ zips, but I was unable to find any locally. I bought some 5″ zips, and made a mental note to make the zipper opening smaller before I cut. Yeah I forgot. 7″ jean zippers to the rescue!
Because I was on a roll, I immediately completed the outfit by whipping up a basic black Nettie bodysuit in a lovely soft modal/lycra knit. It’s so comfy (and opaque), and I love that I don’t have to worry about tucking anything in. Not much else to say about this: I raised the depth of the scoop neck by about 1″ (wow, I’m more conservative than I thought) and added cuff bands in order to avoid using the twin needle. A little more cutting, a lot less re-threading.
This outfit was also part of my travel wardrobe for my trip to Sacramento at the beginning of February. I wrote about a few other pieces here. I’m still putting together a post about the dress I made for the wedding I attended. Watch this space!