So. The good news is I finally finished my Fall for Cotton garment!
Anyway. However late or lacking, I love what I did make; just, it's not a complete outfit--I certainly can't wear it by itself. (I'd planned to do a top, too. I don't feel quite as bad about this because Tasha, one of the organizers, had to cut down on her own sew-along plans, too. Also, I was kind of planning on a sleeveless blouse made out of flannel, and, well, a sleeveless blouse made out of flannel kind of defeats the purpose, doesn't it?)
I'm not sure what to call what I've sewn. Overall skirt; pinafore; jumper... none seem entirely accurate. I'm kind of attracted to the term "mini-pinny," but will probably end up referring to it as a suspender skirt.
So I made a suspender skirt. I've been wanting to for a long time. I didn't have a particular pattern, so I used the skirt from McCall's 7172, but replaced the waistband with the bib (self-drafted) and braces (long skinny rectangles).
this 1938 pattern on Debi's blog, and loved it. Obviously there are differences to what I made and what the illustration looks like, but hopefully you can tell that I modeled mine off that.
My only real complaint is that I realized, a bit before finishing, that it has no pockets. For a while I considered unpicking a bit and adding some like the ones in this image from Rochelle's post on 40s corduroy (last photo--the red ones first, then the green, then the red again), but then I worried they might make my hips look massive. And I liked the smoothness of the skirt front with its long darts. And, most importantly, I wanted the bib to be the focal point of the entire garment; even if I mirrored the curved edges on my pockets, I decided adding visible ones might be too much. Maybe later I'll unpick and add in-seam pockets--if I ever find a suitably-colored lining fabric (not using the corduroy for that bit, because yeah, adding two extra layers of cord, no matter how tiny the wales are, definitely wouldn't be bulky).
In the meantime, though, I'm happy enough to wear it as-is. Provided I can find a shirt to wear it with, I think the skirt'll be a great fall workplace staple. It's warm, and a neutral color, so it'll be versatile--even more versatile due to the fact that (if for some reason I want to) the bib and braces are low-profile enough that I can wear a blouse over the top of them. This is definitely a cake piece, which I need, but it isn't too uninteresting. I am pleased.
Okay project details:
Fabric: 100% cotton olive pinwale corduroy from JoAnn (which had a seriously limited corduroy selection; I wanted brown mid-wale and this was the closest I got), 2.5 yards for $11.16 (end cuts + coupon)
Pattern: McCall's 7172, with some alterations
Notions: zipper $0.85; 3 packs rayon hem tape $1.45
Made before: I've made the skirt straight-up, but not with the bib or braces, so kind of?
Make again: Probably not. I don't really need multiple suspender skirts (or if I did want them, I'd probably at least try to vary the style)
Sewing soundtrack: Neutral Milk Hotel + the New Pornographers
First worn: Not yet, but I'm planning to for work tomorrow
Wear again: Oh yes
Total cost: $13.46 (this is by far the most expensive thing I've made for myself in quite a while, but I think it'll prove worth it)
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