When I first saw Anthropologie's Chambray Hanky Hem Skirt in person, I was sold! Unfortunately, the $118 price tag meant that the skirt was not sold (to me, anyway!). Not ready to be thwarted, I found some lightweight denim similar to chambray at JoAnn's and got to work.
Well, that's not strictly true. I bought the fabric and then waited for a while, because I've recently been suffering from sewing paralysis. I have projects I want to do, with fabric ready and waiting. But I keep putting them off out of fear! Once I cut the fabric, once I start sewing, there is the possibility of failure. Never mind if it's a few dollars worth of fabric. I worry that it won't turn out, and therefore I don't even start.
But this post is not about my psychological issues, it's about a skirt that I (eventually) completed.
My knock-off is far from being an accurate copy, but it has enough of the primary features for my taste! I opted to make the lower skirt in one piece, unlike the original. One thing I was not expecting to copy was the rear zipper. I have never done an exposed metal zipper before, though I've noticed they're "quite the thing" in recent years. A quick search in my zipper stash revealed a sturdy metal zipper in navy. I decided it was meant to be and went with it!
It turned out to be a favorite feature, and I'm really pleased with how tidy it turned out (thanks to wash-away double stick tape!).
I used buttonhole elastic in the rear waistband for a snug fit -- with a few more pounds of baby weight to lose, I didn't want to invest in tailoring a skirt only to have it too loose in a few months! Unfortunately, it ended up a bit bigger than I expected. It works, but I do wonder if that will still be the case a few pounds from now. It would a nightmare to alter, because the inside yoke is self-lined and I did more top-stitching than usual. Fortunately, I don't tuck in any of my tops, so the elasticized waistband is never visible.
I did have to take in the hip area after attaching the "hanky" portion, because it was just too wide and made my hips look huge. I had already decided to take a "dart" in the circle at the side because the extra fullness wasn't needed near the hips, so I just increased the size of the dart. Fortunately it doesn't detract from the circular feel of the lower skirt.
The hem, of course, is the main feature of this skirt! Because I wanted my skirt a little longer than the Anthro skirt, I had to do a little finagling -- the longer the skirt, the longer the "points" become. I didn't really want them tickling my ankles! So I sacrificed a bit of "pointiness" for the sake of practicality, and trimmed the corners of the square down. The picture below will hopefully show that a bit:
As you can see in the next picture, this does downplay the whole hanky-hem concept a bit, but I think I'm quite comfortable with that.
In the end? I definitely prefer the lyocell (like Tencel) used for the Anthro skirt -- it's silky and has a gorgeous drape. But my fabric is just fine, and is remarkably lightweight. I also wish it was a bit more tailored, but considering the difficulty of construction (the way it was put together made it extremely difficult to alter once assembled) and the fact that my postpartum shape is still changing, I'm happy with the result. I've already worn it half a dozen times, so there's that!
|No, it's not lopsided -- I'm just standing a bit funny!|