The Ava Mini Skirt
Posted on Thursday the 14th February 2019 by Athina Kakou
I’m back to the MCBN today with a simple, yet very lovable make. I’m sure you can all relate to the habit of always wanting to make the fanciest dresses, twirl around in the prettiest skirts or sewing that chic, silk blouse you’ve been dreaming of. However, how many times do we actually get to wear these garments? They are very nice to look at, but are they what we need in our wardrobe and daily lives?
For this month’s blog post I went back to something simpler and I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed it! But let me tell you the story from the beginning.
When I was picking my fabrics for the MCBN, I stumbled across this beautiful, very unusual Wool Fabric. It has a lovely softness to it and a very unique print that I had never seen before. I’d say it’s something like an abstract check fabric, but it features lots of different shades of purple, pink and black and it’s just so different from what I usually find in fabric stores. So naturally I had to have it!
I spent ages trying to decide what to make with it. In fact, I created a file with ideas and potential patterns for it, but nothing was good enough. I didn’t want to make a coat, because the kind of winter we have where I live requires something much warmer as an outer layer. I was on the verge of turning it into a pencil skirt or a full circle skirt, but realistically speaking, I wasn’t going to wear these very much. And this fabric deserves to be worn.
After much deliberation with myself, I decided to go simple and make a mini skirt. I LOVE mini skirts in the winter because I can wear them with tights, whereas in the summer I’m not comfortable exposing so much skin. I knew this would be a great choice and although it may not be the statement garment I was initially thinking of, it would be a great addition to my wardrobe.
I used the Ava Skirt pattern from Sew Over It. This is a skirt that I could draft myself, but I wanted to make my life a bit easier. The pattern is very straightforward and features two variations: a midi skirt and a shorter skirt. The construction is super easy, too although I found some things in the instructions that could have been explained a little bit more, especially since it’s marketed as a beginner friendly pattern.
I opted for the mini version and when I tried it on before hemming it, I chopped off 5 cm more to make it a bit shorter than the pattern. Because the fabric is wool, I also lined the skirt using a black acetate lining. The process for that isn’t explained in the pattern and I think that would have been a great addition, but it’s not hard to do. There are lots of tutorials online on how to line a skirt.
Overall, I’m very happy with this make! The pretty fabric cheers me up whenever I look at it, it’s easy to pair with tops because of the many colors on it and it was a dream to work with. It pressed beautifully and didn’t fray.
I hope you like my Ava skirt and I’m looking forward to read your comments :)
See you next time and happy sewing,