When it comes to sewing clothes in the summer I am totally seduced by simple tops and easy tunics and all other things that can be sewn in a hour (MAYBE two if I’m feeling a teeny bit ambitious). I have honestly made eight different pillows already this month.
Pillows. So easy. So many places to rest my head.
It’s part laziness but also the nature of summer. I’m busy driving kids back and forth to camp and battling the Fight Club-like atmosphere that emerges from the deep bowels of summer boredom that my remaining energy is spent looking for the quick, easy high that comes from finishing something! Anyone else in this boat? So, when Adrianna from Hey June Handmade asked me if I was interested in pattern testing her latest skirt, the Sandbridge, my internal dialogue went some like this “Oh man, a complicated skirt! That looks like work.(insert winy voice)” and then “But, this skirt looks awesome and you actually need a skirt.(insert responsible voice)” followed by, “But work! (winy voice)” and finally, “Dude! You have so much to learn from making this. Her patterns always fit you. Buck up and do it! (angry responsible voice)” I responded to Adrianna with an “I’d love to!” See, I have official grown up status.
And, how happy am I that I said yes! This skirt is everything! Look how professional this thing looks! It’s a seriously good thing that I made the grown up choice!
I used an organic grey twill fabric that I have had for a long time (I got it from Organic Cotton Plus but they might not have it anymore because I’ve had this in my stash for years). I’m in love with how it made the skirt more polished but also thrilled that this pattern is designed with denim in mind. I’ve never worked with denim but really want to add a straight denim skirt to my closet. So, I just have to add a second Sandbridge to my list. Have to!
Look at this fit! Like a glove, baby. I did have to put some effort into getting an exact fit. My waist to hip is ratio is not what one would consider “average human”. (Whose is?) That said, getting the fit right wasn’t that hard. I simply baste stitched the center back seam and then tried the skirt on before hemming it. I marked how much I wanted to take it in and adjusted my final center back stitch accordingly. I ended up taking it in an extra 2″ at the waist tapering down to the bum. Super simp.
There is some tightness and tugging around my hips but I actually like that fit. I know it’s not for everyone, though.
The skirt is designed to have rivets and belt loops and a raw hem, all of which looks amazing on all of the tester skirts but I wanted a simple skirt this time around. There is a skirt from my college days that I have saved for YEARS (so, so many years) because I wanted to replicate it and it looked like this one. I did, however, look into how to add rivets and I’m really looking forward to giving it a shot. It doesn’t look that hard but the result is such a professional looking handmade item!
I have to share with you this last photo. This is what happens when a huge wind blows and you look over and notice someone is watching you take photos of yourself! Such a faux model shot!
P.S. My necklace is from the amazing company Madre Beads, run by my friend Lacy. If you aren’t already familiar with her jewelry, you will not regret acquainting yourself. I wear mine all the time.