May I come back to some projects I’ve finish last year? I really want to show you some of the projects I really love making and wearing.
To be honest, I did not pay much attention to the Zinnia skirt when it was first launched, I found it a bit ‘déjà vu’, a bit too casual… I don’t know really, it was never under my radar. Until I saw this version made with Cotton + Steel canvas. I just wanted this outfit, plain and simple.
(Sorry for the creepy Santa Claus)
Now what can I say about the skirt?
First, the pattern: it’s from Colette Patterns and it has their vintage feel signature. The construction is straight forward, even making the pleats was quite easy. I think this was partly because the canvas holds very well and partly because I did not rush the process. Another nice detail, it has pockets. My only challenge was to match the pattern at the back, I think it doesn’t look bad at all. I really like working with Colette Patterns as their sizing works well with my body, and therefore no alteration’s needed.
Now the fabric. If I hadn’t seen Colette’s sample, I don’t think I would have ever pick this print for a garment and even less for a skirt. It’s mid-weight, it’s quite crisp for a linen, and even better it does not crease much even after having been sitting on it for a couple of hours. Another bonus, the fabric does not fray, I did a simple zigzag to finish the seams and it is still very clean after a couple of washes. All of this makes for a very enjoyable sewing experience.
The weight of the fabric combines to the shape of the skirt make it looks like a skirt from the 50s. If I was a little girl I could almost turn and turn to make it swirls (I did try it, it was fun).
My conclusion: keep a creative opened mind when it comes to choosing patterns and fabric!
Edit: I've forgotten to link to Colette's excellent article on sewing with canvas linen. Here it is! https://blog.colettehq.com/tutorials/cs-x-colette-cottonlinen-canvas