Skirt #2 was made in the more traditional sequence than Skirt #1.
Again, pinterest was the inspiration:
Ruffles are not something I can carry off,
so I swopped in a flat Aline in soft batik
for a modern sarong-party-girl look.
I wanted very badly to do a curved hem in the batik, but that would have meant mini-darts in the pretty border. And also I wondered if it might look slightly Tinkerbelle-esque, which, again, is a look I can't carry off. So I left the hem straight.
The softness of the batik gives the inner skirt some nice movement, so that it falls in waves, which is a nice contrast to the crisper corduroy shell.
The outer skirt layer is black medium-wale corduroy, lined. The inner layer is black cotton batik, with an unattached lining of its own. So four layers, two of which are lining.
Here's the back - and if I'd thought this design through properly, I would've had the corduroy layer come all the way down to the actual hemline, tuxedo-style. Or lowered its hem so that only the border of the batik peeked out. What it looks like now is, as my mother would say, "neither here nor there." Note to self: do not attempt to design and sew clothes in a matter of days.
The front panel is not a real wrap thing - it just has buttons sewn on
and it zips up along the side seam.
I'm done sewing, by the way. I made the deadline - and crossed the finish line at 10:34 pm, Sunday night. The tally was 17 garments and 1 felt toy. It sounds manic, but it was very relaxed compared to Halloween sewing, because everything was knit and functional and detail-less. Coincidentally, yesterday was the first day of the Chinese New Year, one tradition of which is all the kids get new clothes. At least they do in other families in Singapore. Our family always wore old shorts and Tshirts, preferably black because we couldn't stand to look particularly auspicious all decked out in red. I rolled my eyes when I realized that, inadvertently, I had made the girls new clothes in time for the New Year. Unbelievable. I swear - it was an honest mistake. If I pointed this slip to Mum, she'd say, "Crazy. What do you want to go and do that for?" Hee!