the scrappy pencil skirt

I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for people who are scrappy. Do you know what I mean? Those people who have to fight for who they are, the underdogs, the fighters. Think Scarlett O’Hara, Lisbeth Salander (from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), or Homer Hickam Jr. from October Sky. Being scrappy is a good thing.

When I made my Sewaholic Davie dress I had significant scraps left over. I loved the knit so much that I couldn’t just toss them. So I saved them, thinking that they had fabulous scrappy potential to become a Colette Mabel skirt.


{27 weeks and feeling great!}

I had to fiddle with the pattern pieces and the scraps to make sure that I really could eke out a pencil skirt from the remains of this gorgeous knit. To make it work I had to split the waistband pieces. So instead of having two pieces cut on the fold, I had four pieces with added seam allowances. I also had to split the front center panel instead of cutting on the fold. These scraps had to fight to be a skirt, and I loved it all the more.


This is my fifth Mabel skirt, and so I love that the necessary seam down the center differentiates this skirt from the others I’ve made. And because I had to use the paneled version anyway, the added center seam really fits in well with the side panels already part of the design.


(Side note, this knit is much more coral than how it photographs. I wish you could see that!)


I also love the pieced waistband. For the waistband lining, I used scraps from the Art Gallery print I used for my Marianne dress.


I’m giddy that some of my favorite fabric ever made a dress and a skirt. It’s soft, pretty, and delightfully scrappy.


Do you save scraps? How often can you eke out another garment from scraps? Do you find the challenge satisfying or frustrating? I feel oh so satisfied with this outcome!

***Specs: Another Colette Mabel skirt–my fifth (others blogged here, here, here, and here). I made version three, omitting the kick pleat in the back, because it wouldn’t fit on the scraps. I also kept the length as is, instead of adding a few inches like I’ve done before. The center panel is split into two (seam allowances added), and the waistband pieces are also split into four sections instead of two. Once I figured out how to make the skirt work with these scraps, the skirt came together just as quick as any of my other Mabels. This pattern is one of my all-time favorites!

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One Comment

  1. Sonia Crawford
    Posted August 5, 2015 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    You so look adorable and cute and just wonderful. I’m glad you are enjoying your summer and able to make such lovely outfits. Thanks for sharing your talents.

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