One of the things I’ve been wanting recently was a long, flowy red skirt. Last winter, I decided I wanted to find a way to wear skirts/dresses in winter. As I’m cold pretty much all the time (I don’t have hardly any padding), tights alone aren’t sufficient, so I started wearing 2-3 skirts at once and thick stretch velvet. I’ll be honest, I really liked the result, if on top it ended up being how many ways can I wear one sweater.
Anyway, I wanted to add to this new collection of long skirts that I would actually wear, so I turned to the Big 4 to find something in knit that wouldn’t take up too much fabric. I landed on M6994.
At first I was really happy, but if there’s one things I don’t like, it’s gathered waists. My waist to hip difference is 10 inches, and adding all that fabric around my waist does not do things I like to my figure. Mom pointed out that it looked like a lot of fabric around the waist, but I thought it was just the short version. I was wrong.
I took out a number of inches to my natural measurements, (I could have just cut out the smallest size instead of a medium, I think) and even this gave me a skimming, but not tight, fit.
I added more length because that’s pretty much always something I need to do, but as you might be able to tell, I got a little enthusiastic. I wore boots the first time I took it for a spin, but even then it still caught a little.
Do I like it overall? Well, it’s comfy with that rayon knit (first purchase on fabric.com!), but it’s not the skirt I was envisioning. It’s way too straight for my liking, but that means I can also layer up in winter, making it multi seasonal.
Of course, just a little bit ago, maybe a few weeks after I finished it up, the perfect pattern was released, M7386.
I still might get the pattern and re-cut my skirt (no sense wasting fabric) because it’s exactly what I was looking for, no joke. Oh well. M6994 was really easy, as the cover suggested, so re-doing it wouldn’t be that big of a sacrifice.