the you-should-be-napping-yourself skirt

I have been battling this monster cold/cough all week. Saturday I didn’t get dressed until after noon and hardly did my hair and makeup. Most of the day I was lying prostrate on the couch or the floor while my toddler played around-slash-on me. When I put the boy down for his nap, I should have taken a nap. Obviously.


Instead I went to my sewing room and whipped up Colette Patterns’s Mabel skirt. The Mabel is marketed as a one-hour skirt, and I wanted to put that time limit to the test. I all but finished it in about an hour and a half. I used this perfect cut of khaki double knit that my mom sent me. (I can’t even tell you how wonderful it is to have a mother who sends me fabric in the mail!) I turned on an audio book and fell into the sewing zone of cutting, serging, trimming, pressing, and hemming. In between coughing and blowing my nose, I finished the skirt up to hemming.


I had some twin needle drama when it came to the hem. I ripped out stitches and fiddled with the machine and the threading and then ripped out the stitches again. By then nap time was over. I returned to my skirt later that evening and found a surprising twin-needle solution: the double knit I was using actually worked way better with a universal twin needle instead of a stretch needle. So. Hem hemmed. Buttons attached. Skirt finished. Nose blown. Again.


Sunday I woke up feeling normal enough to go to church, and my new Mabel gave me a encouraging boost. (It definitely helps that this skirt pretty much feels like wearing pajamas.) I slipped into some snake-skin slingbacks, grabbed my Kate Spade bag, and went to church.


My eyes are still a little watery and itchy from allergies, and occasionally I need to rush to the tissue box to blow my nose, but I think I’m on the up and up. And those tortoise shell buttons and kick pleat sure don’t hurt. Who needs a nap when you could sew a skirt instead, right?


Specs: I lengthened the skirt by 7 1/2 inches. I used the version 2 front and the version 3 back. Because I lengthened the skirt so much, I thought the kick-pleated back would allow for the most mobility, and I’ll likely use the kick-pleat back for every Mabel I sew. I measured from the waistline to the hemline on the front and back pieces to make sure they were the same length, because versions 2 and 3 are originally designed to be different lengths. For the waistband lining I used a pretty piece of cotton floral interlock I had leftover from a previous project. I used a universal double needle for the hem.

I’m linking up this post to Simple Simon and Co Sewing Saturdays and to Skip to My Lou’s Made-by-You-Monday.

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  1. Denise Wood
    Posted June 11, 2014 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    I can’t even stand how cute this is–and how cute you are in it!

  2. Posted June 13, 2014 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    A very nice Mabel. I would also rather sew than nap.

  3. Katie
    Posted June 18, 2014 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    I just have to say that your skirt is adorable and I love that you added 7 1/2 inches in length 🙂

  4. Laura
    Posted May 8, 2015 at 4:50 am | Permalink

    Hi Charlotte – I came here stalking you after your comment on Collette about the Mabel skirt – hoping that maybe you had something / photos of your lengthened Mabels – and you did! I LOVE it lengthened – that is exactly what I was looking for. Your skirt is adorable and looks so versatile. Makes me even more excited to get started. Hopefully it will turn out as nice as yours. 🙂

    • Charlotte
      Posted May 16, 2015 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

      Thanks! I’m sure yours will turn out wonderful–this is such a great pattern to have on hand!

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