I've not been doing a ton of sewing lately, as it is garden season! It's been so beautiful outside, that I really just want to soak up as much sunshine as I can. We took these photos in my rose garden. I adore roses. They are fussy and unpredictable, but when they are good, they are really, really good! Hmmm....they sound a lot like some of my favorite fabrics- I detect a pattern here.
Butterick 5892 I made this last year, and it always brings me happiness whenever I wear it. I realize that not everyone is fond of ruffles, and I'm generally not either, but for some reason, this one calls to me.
Perhaps it's the hi-lo hemline. It's a lot easier to walk in than a maxi-skirt where the length is the same all around. I don't have to worry about picking it up when I go up stairs. The upper skirt is lined, but the ruffle is not, so it is opaque where it needs to be, and sheer where it doesn't matter.
Or perhaps its the watercolor cotton voile that is so light and airy, that you can't even feel you are wearing it. This was a "designer" voile that I bought several years ago from Fabric Mart. The designer's name was on the selvage, and it was a big name, but darn it- I can't remember it now. If you know, please tell me!
The pattern has other views,but I've only made the ruffled hi-lo hem version. I did make it again in a slightly heavier fabric, and didn't like the results at all, so choosing a lightweight fabric is really important for such a huge ruffle. The skirt itself is very simple, but the ruffle pieces are very, very long, and take a long time to run the basting stitches to gather.
Are you a gardener when it's nice outside, and a seamstress when it rains?