Amy Butler's STASH Gypsy Caravan line arrived last week and as soon as I had it unpacked, I started picking for my next skirt. This time, I used Kay Whitt's first Fashion Formula Skirts booklet. It has a beautiful bohemian skirt on the cover! This is Trixie.
The perfect choice for my upcoming summer which will certainly feel like I'm sitting on the sun. (Okay, I'm a tad dramatic but last summer in this place KILLED me. Why can't the Navy send us to, oh I don't know, the North Pole? More my speed.)
Since my last skirt was of the blue persuasion, I opted for the beige and coral avenue this time. Very summery! This particular skirt is extremely easy to construct. She gives you a nifty worksheet to figure out each tiers length that will work off your fullest hip measurement. It gives you two options for a 30" or 36" length. I opted for the 36" since I am upwards of 5' 11" depending on what shoe I wear. She also gives you the option for the trim between each tier like the photo above. I opted to not add that. I went for an elastic waist which is always comfortable and convenient during summer! The fabric requirements will differ for each length as the longer length will require a wider tier. Please note here that the fabric requirements do not take into account pre-washing. I think I'm the last person on earth that pre-washes! Tier one requires 1/2 yard for the larger sizes which was plenty, Tier 2 requires 1/2 yard for all sizes which I found to be a fraction too short because of the pre-washing. The tier strips need to be 9" each so if you only have 18" of fabric and pre-wash it, any shrinkage or fraying you experience will take away from the full 18" you need. My suggestion here is, if you are doing the 36" length, grab a few extra inches, maybe 5/8 yard instead 1/2 yard, if you plan on pre-washing. I ran into the same problem with Tier 3. Requirements are 5/8 yard (22.5") but you need two 11" strips for the 36" length skirt. I always pre-wash my fabrics if I'm sewing garments so with a little shrinkage and the fraying of raw edges, I was short about an inch. In the grand scheme of this skirt, no big deal. I worked with what I had and it turned out the perfect length! You won't run into this problem with the 30" length as your strips aren't quite as wide. Just a tip for us Talls (those who watch RHOA will get that).