Summer Skirt  (Butterick 4347)

Summer Skirt (Butterick 4347)

A funny thing happened last night, as I was listening to BBC’s MI5 (called Spooks in U.K., I think).  I had The Summer Skirt in front of me and was playing around with various fabrics, buttons, and bits of lace, trying to decide what to do for pockets, and noticed it seemed to be getting warmer.

summer skirt with assorted fabrics

summer skirt with assorted fabrics

I finally decided against the buttons, the lacy bits, and the yellow vintage hankie.  I like to keep keys in my pocket, and their edges would ruin the hankie in short order.  Agh!  But it’s a lovely hankie, don’t you think?  😉

summer skirt & hankie

summer skirt & hankie

Long sigh…   Yeees, the air conditioning was gone again.  Which is why, at almost midnight, I went to an hotel. (Am so grateful for Internet discount lodgings sites.)  Thank goodness today’s about 20 degrees cooler than yesterday, as it’s taken the whole day for repairs, which affected many in the building.

But back to skirt & pockets!  Still can’t believe I’d throw out the leftover bits & pieces of  the skirt.  Am not really satisfied with the alternatives.  Can easily visualize patch pockets in the same fabric, but am having difficulty ‘seeing’ anything else.

The orange cotton doesn’t look too bad, but upon closer examination, it really doesn’t match anything in the fabric pattern.   Perhaps plain (read invisible) side-seam pockets, with a bit of decoration somewhere down the front of the skirt.

summer skirt & orange fabric

summer skirt & orange fabric

I’ve also taken down the hem.  It’s always felt a bit short.  I’d hand-stitched it, using lace seam binding, and that’s proved not to be very sturdy.  In fact, it’s come apart in a few places.  So will consider that in the overall re-do.

Sigh…  decisions, decisions…

Meanwhile, thoughts & suggestions for skirt pockets are most welcome!


6 thoughts on “encore

  1. Cul de Sac

    How about a patchwork pocket?! for the hem, you could cut some of your orange into biais stripes and make a facing, so you’ll haVe more lenght and a sturdier hem… Just ideas…

    1. CurlsnSkirls Post author

      Thank you! Like your idea about the bias orange hem facing… might play around with that and then do pocket from it as well.
      Not generally a patchwork sorta person, especially with such a busy print.
      That’s probably why you’re so much better at putting things together than I!

    1. CurlsnSkirls Post author

      Thanks, Lisa!
      Have mailed your book to MF in CA, who’ll give it to an appropriate librarian after reading it.
      Hope you have a great weekend planned & thanks again for the photo challenge alert!


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