It’s finally fall! We are still having some warm days, but I have gotten to wear a sweater at least twice!
Last year about this time we were in Edinburgh, Scotland on our honeymoon and I had scored 2 meters (a little over 2 yards) of clearance plaid from Edinburgh Fabrics. (The cat hair is from Ezra the kitten, not Edinburgh Fabrics.)
Black and white plaid, a classic!
I really wanted to use this classic fabric for a classic shape. I knew I would want a skirt, but I wanted something with a little extra OOMPF! I used one of my MyBodyModel 3 body drawings to sketch out the patterning for the Seamwork Osaka. The Seamwork Osaka is reversible and it has panels that are perfect for color-blocking or pattern-blocking.
I realized pretty quickly that I would not have enough plaid wool for both the inside and outside of the reversible skirt so I went into my stash and found some leftover jewel purple, faux suede fabric.
This was the first time I really attempted pattern matching. Instead of cutting any pieces on the fold, I took tracing paper and made the pattern piece whole then I used the vellum to trace the pattern. As long as I remembered to include the seam allowance in my pattern piece matching it seemed to work!
Because the Osaka skirt had a lot of rectangular pieces that were very similar I pinned the pattern piece letter to each piece. It saved me a lot of headaches!
By chance, I picked up these black and white buttons that look pretty nice with the fabrics I chose!
I didn’t have quite enough fabric to create that bottom band, so I added a little purple band at the bottom.
And this is the other side! I turned the plaid at a 45 degree angle along the bottom.
Since this is a double-layered skirt it is very warm so it will make for a cozy fall skirt!