The Perfect Midi Skirt

Madewell Ryder cardigan (similar) | Chico's top (similar) | J. Jill belt (similar) | Handmade skirt (similar) | Naturalizer booties | Handmade necklace (similar) | Leather bracelets (similar)

Hey, friends!  Are you all staying safe and limiting your exposure to large groups?  Our church service was cancelled yesterday and I'm guessing yours was, too.  We made a trip to Home Depot to get some cleaning products that I actually needed before they got wiped out.  The only thing I didn't get was regular household bleach--we found outdoor bleach, instead--I guess that will have to do.  I haven't looked for hand sanitizer or wipes, and don't plan to at this point.

The Challenge
Ya'll may know or remember that I've been on a quest trying to find the right skirt or dress groove for myself.   I've discovered midi skirts hit my sweet spot for wearability with a fashion forward look.  Okay, that conundrum solved, now where to find the right one?

The Details
By happenstance, I found a Sag Harbor leopard print skirt on eBay before the holidays.  It has the (almost) straight-skirt profile that I prefer with a little Boho "kick" with the flounce.  The flounce is perfect as it adds a little flare without an overabundance of gathers.  The fabric is rayon challis, which I really like because of its drape and comfort.  I decided I'd like to have another one just like it.  Easy peasy, right?  Well, actually it was kind of.  I decided to make one.

The original skirt was measured:  Seam allowances and a waistband casing for elastic were added to the measurements and drafted out.  The flounce was laid flat and traced (below) also including seam allowances and a hem.  For reference, my knockoff skirt is also rayon challis.  It ended up taking two yards of fabric for a total of about $28.

The Takeaway
The fabric was originally selected because it would go with my mustard linen jacket from a recent post.  However, it goes with so much in my wardrobe, it's even hard for me to believe.  I wanted to give it a "cozy cardigan" feel since our Spring is being bipolar between being a lion and a lamb.  My Old Navy ivory cardigan with my white stompy boots could have also been used, but thought I'd give you a break from those!   

Persevere until you find the right "fashion fit" for your style!

Madewell Ryder cardigan (similar) | Chico's top (similar) | J. Jill belt (similar) | Handmade skirt (similar) | Naturalizer booties | Handmade necklace (similar) | Leather bracelets (similar)
    Original Skirt / Knockoff without back flounce

Flounce pattern (cut on fold) / Completed Back

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