This is probably the most ridiculous garment I own and I love it to pieces. I still have yet to leave the house in it, though. Partly because I am a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl, but also because I feel like this skirt needs a special occasion. I don't just want to wear it to the bar and then come home having it smell like ass, you know?
I won this floral rayon in a giveaway from Stephanie over at Makes the Things which was pretty freaking awesome (thanks again)! I'm a sucker for rayon, obsessed with obnoxious prints, and look at all those colors! Sally over at The Quirky Peach made a dress out of this fabric and it's just so summery and wonderful. The fabric arrived right around the time that Sewaholic released the Gabriola maxi skirt and I just knew it would be perfect.
The night my pattern arrived I traced, cut, and sewed the entire freaking thing. I believe I added about 4 inches to the hem (I'm 5'10") during tracing just for safety. I probably could have done with half of that, as I ended up hacking off a lot during the hemming process.
I'm not a super huge fan of the flat waistband. My curves need curves! But that would be the only thing I change next time. I am also blessed with incredibly strange hips, so the yoke doesn't skim my curves like it was designed to. I have what you'd call violin hips (hip dips, inverted hips), so it looks like I have a perma-muffin top. I swear, my underwear isn't so tight it's causing me muffin top all the time. Damn you, genetics! So I'm kind of glad that the busy print hides my weird shape, even if the yoke is kind of disguised. My love for wild prints > my love for pattern detailing.
I ended up having a matching baby blue zipper in my stash, which I still cannot explain. I have nothing in my stash that's worth while, so this was like a super awesome way to avoid a trip to Joann on a Saturday evening when I was in the zone. You can't see it in the picture, but I used a huge lime green button on the back of the waistband, because what the hell else am I going to do with a bunch of giant green buttons?
So yeah, overall this is definitely my favorite make of the year, even if it just sits in my closet looking pretty. I need to get out and wear it before summer is officially over! On another note, I ombre dyed my tips and now my hair looks like fire. So that's a thing that I also love.