Yellow Tulip Skirt {Skirt Week 2012}

For a long time now I’ve only been wearing two skirts: one black and one brown. They’ve grown and shrunk with me through two pregnancies and although they have been faithful friends, it’s time to say goodbye. I’ve already replaced one with the Black Maxi, which is an important staple for every woman’s wardrobe in my opinion. I also have another brown in the works, but in the meantime, how about some color?

How about yellow? 

Have I told you I love yellow? I picked up this jersey knit in the LA fabric district awhile back in Michael Levine’s loft because I loved the color. It’s kind of a mustard, kind of a gold-ish yellow. I don’t know what to call it, but it’s beautiful. The fabric a cotton-lycra blend, which makes it a little bit slinky.

Due to said slinkiness I decided this skirt needed a double-layer. Sometimes a girl wants just a little bit of privacy while bending down to pick up her baby. Or when she may or may not be trying to lose those extra curves afforded her by a recent pregnancy.

I constructed the pattern for this dress using one of Alabama Chanin’s skirts from the Studio and Design book. My skirt patterns are all cut into pieces, so I sort of layed them out on the fabric and drew around them until the shape and size looked right.

Like I said above, I wanted this skirt to have a double layer for more coverage, but my piece of fabric wasn’t big enough for a full second layer in the front. That’s how the idea for a slanted overlay came to me. It’s all I had room for!

I think it makes the skirt look a bit like a yellow tulip, which is how I came up with the name. And I love the way that element gives the skirt a little extra interest. Truth be told, it makes me feel pretty. Every mamma can do with some of that, no?

I added a contrasting band at the top because I didn’t have enough yellow left over. I think it’s a fun little surprise. (And this photo is smaller than the others because I’m not quite comfortable having a large picture of my boo-tay out on the internet. Ya feel me?)

You can check out more skirt awesomeness over at Crafterhours. They are hosting some amazing tutorials! And don’t miss the Skirt Week flickr pools. There are some beautiful skirts in there.

Hope you’re all having a great week! I’d love to know what you’re sewing? Is anyone else out there participating in Skirt Week? Shoot me your links! Tata for now. 😉