Monday, May 12, 2014

Alder Skirt for Spring

Two posts in a row of selfish sewing...shocking!  Thanks to Rachael of Imagine Gnats for asking me to test her new pattern the Alder Skirt, I had the perfect excuse to sew more clothes for me. 

pattern:  Alder Skirt from Imagine Gnats (sizes 2-22)
size: 8
fabric:  cotton/poly stretch lime/white jumbo check twill from Chez Ami Fabrics and Lisette twill in green (spring 2011)
mods:  cut the plaid fabric on the bias, piping in the front

Alder Skirt
My original intention was to have the entire skirt with the exception of the pockets and waistband in the green check fabric.  However, despite my best efforts to match up the checks it was not looking good.  Luckily, I had just enough of the solid green twill to cut out a front panel.  Whew!  I also added white piping to separate the checks that are going all kinds of crazy directions and the solid green front panel. 
Alder Skirt
 There are 2 options for the front panel (pleated and flat) and the pockets (flat or ones that bow out slightly).  I did the pleated front and the pockets that bow out.  I was a little unsure at first if those pockets were a good choice or not since I tend to shy away from anything that adds bulk to the hips.  But I'm perfectly happy with the final look.:)

Alder Skirt

The skirt is very comfortable to wear thanks to the a-line shape and the elastic back.  I wore the skirt all day on Sunday with a camisole that *ahem* covers the girls a little more and a light weight white cardigan. 

MG has put in a request for a similar skirt.  Luckily, Rachael also recently released the Alder Skirt for girls (sizes 4-14).  Alder Skirts for everyone!:) 
In case you were wondering, MG's Girls on the Run 5k was on Saturday.  Our official time was 43:05 minutes.  We ran about 65% of it.  I was so proud of MG for persevering as the morning started off cool but quickly got hot and steamy as the sun came out.  Our plan was to sprint the last 1/4 mile to the finish line.  Just before we started, she oh so sweetly asked if we could hold hands during the sprint and across the finish line.  Of course!

gotr collage


  1. It's cute!! I think I want the women's AND girls pattern:) seems like a good basic that would get a lot of wear- but the pocket details give it that extra something. Great share!

  2. Ah! Congrats! You guys did an awesome job on the run. How sweet is she? I'd melt in that moment.
    The skirt looks great on you and I love the green color :)

  3. Love the skirt - the fabric choices are perfect as is the piping (one day I shall conquer my fear of piping!)
    And congrats to you both on the run - you both worked so hard for it. Love the pics of you holding hands x

  4. i love the skirt! and great job on the run!! took another training run with K this weekend, and she made it just a little further than last time ;)

  5. Great summer skirt. I don't always think the big person/ little person patterns translate well, but this one looks like it would work across the board. I will look forward to seeing your version! Congrats to MG (and mom) on the race!

  6. So fun and fresh just in time for spring and summer.
    How super sweet that she asked to hold hands across the finish line :)

  7. Okay the skirt is adorable and as for the holding hands crossing the finish line, I COULD SPREAD YOU BOTH ON A CRACKER. LOVE it. Just awesome, congratulations.


  8. Me encanta la falda y los colores de la tela !!!

  9. I really love the skirt and how you used two different fabrics. I love the idea of sewing myself a skirt for summer and may have to copy you. I have to say that you look fabulous modeling it. Hold hands at the finish line is so sweet.

  10. I like the mix of check and solid in this skirt, Cindy. Good idea to add the piping, too.

  11. Awesome job on the skirt and on the run!! A couple of days late, but still... well done!

  12. I love that skirt - it's a great colour and I love the mix and the piping. Nice blog, my first visit.

    1. Thank you! I've worn it several times...I really need to make some more.:)



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