Oh look - I stuck to my plan! I have been intending to make this skirt since (goes off to check the archive) March!
Commonsense prevailed and I chose a plain red cotton drill rather than the hand-printed £35 a metre tangerine madness which strobed across my brain for a while. I think the style is enough of a statement without throwing crazy (expensive) fabric into the mix!
The pattern was supposed to fit a 25.5 inch waist, so I added a quarter-inch to all the side edges. I needn't have bothered. I ended up having to sew my seams twice to reshape the sides and fronts from waist to thigh - it was miles too big! Ah, Simplicity and excess ease, don't you just love it?
I consulted the Colette Sewing Handbook before inserting the centre back zip, and I can report that their instructions improved my finish, although I will be unpicking stray machine-basting threads for months to come!
I lined it with black dobby-esque polyester and used black satin bias tape to finish the bottom hem. The knobbly / studded buttons were bought for another project but I thought they added essential edge to this skirt.
Pattern: Simplicity 8925 from 1970
Fabric: One metre of red cotton drill from Minerva Fabrics at eebaay for £8.99; maybe 50cm of black lining from mystery seller on eebaay, price forgotten... maybe £1.50?
Other: Black buttons - eebaay again, about £3 for 5? I used 4.
If I had 6, I would probably have put one on each flap, but FL said that would be "twee" and The Girl just wrinkled her nose.
Red is trickier to wear than I expected.
I think it looks fab with black, but I looked completely washed out with a white top underneath.
The suspender straps look best with a sleeve. I tried it on with my Raindrops on Roses top and I looked... undressed. Same problem with my Polka dot top.
But since it is fully lined, it is not really intended for high summer. (Just as well, living in these parts!) The lining was essential - the drill is really good quality but creases easily.
It is still slightly too loose at the waist and through the hip, leaving room to tuck in a warmer sweater, but that's always a good thing.
If I want to, I can unbutton the straps wear it as a plain skirt with decorative buttons back and front... but I reckon the "suspenders" are the whole point!
Would I use this pattern again?
Hmmm... probably not in this view. I was wavering over the button-front version, but now that I've seen the Kelly skirt, I have plans for multiple versions of that one, and I suspect that poor old Simplicity 8925 will be consigned to the pattern box for a long time to come!