So, which comes first -- the fabric or the pattern? Well, in this case the fabric came first. I saw this beautiful silk crepe print in Hancock. I bought 3 yards and hadn't a clue as to what I would do with it. I draped it over my dress form for a few days and I decided that it would look great as a maxi skirt.
You notice I said "MAXI" skirt, right? Right. Well... the
not so best laid plans often go awry. See, the pattern pieces for this skirt are cut on the bias. Well, that was just not going to happen for 45" wide fabric.
I had to shorten the pattern pieces to "midi" length so that they would fit the fabric. And since this is silk crepe, I cut on the floor which I NEVER do. It was easier to cut the flat fabric that way.McCall's 2255, view A, minus the side slit. I used French seams since this is silk and a narrow hem. I used 1" elastic for the waist because that's what I had in my stash. And as with any bias cut garment, I let it hang overnight before hemming.
I love this skirt already and I've only worn it this once. But I can see the possibilities of pairing it with other items in my wardrobe and wearing it also during Spring and Summer with a great pair of sandals.
When you have a fabric that you love, sometimes you only need a pattern/design with simple lines. Let the fabric be the star!