I cut, sewed, and completed yet another Loes Hinse Tango Skirt this afternoon, this time View A, the shorter flared skirt. The finished result is above, and the top shown with it is from Talbot's. I've decided that I need to make at least a little time for actual sewing, as it's a right brained activity. Work tends to be so analytical, or left brained, that I have to have an activity that balances out my mind--a release, if you will. Cooking serves the same purpose but sewing yields much more positive results, know what I mean?
I've made this skirt several times, even more than I've blogged here! This time, I just wanted something new to wear that would match these shoes:
Has that ever happened to you? Making clothes to go with accessories? I've actually worn these with the brown tropical outfit at the suggestion of J, my fashionista 20-something co-worker, but it's nice to have something that's a more traditional match. The colors in the print are somewhat of an unusual combination, aren't they?--navy with accents of light blue, slate, green, tan, and lavender? But that's what keeps things interesting!
The pattern envelope states that 2-3/4 yards is needed for this view, I had more than enough, even though I had only a scant 2-1/2 yards of 45" wide rayon to cut the skirt from. I have almost a yard left! I think Loes is a more than a little generous with her fabric layouts. Needless to say, having more than one copy of the pattern piece was very handy and saved me some grief.
The fabric is one of those mystery pieces that somehow found its way into my stash without being logged. That seldom happens, but every once in a while it does. I think it came from Hancock's last year, but beyond that I don't know.
If you've been reading my blog, you probably know I'm not a big one for step by step tutorials, usually because I think "this would be helpful to others" right after I finish the step!! Anyway, here's a photo of how I lay out the pattern pieces before sewing all 10 gores together:
I don't fancy cut any of them, or at least not yet! But I do take the time to lay out all the pieces and plan how they're going to go together. This enables me to break up the print so that I don't end up with a giant blob of one motif or color not quite closely matched across the front or back of the skirt, like this example.
This skirt is a prime example of why we sew TNTs. Once you've figured out the basics of a pattern, it's so simple to recreate later.