Now that Summer has been and gone I remember that back in Spring I was enthused enough to make a number of these wrap skirts.
The template I used was from a much loved linen skirt that I bought about 10 years ago and I don’t think a Summer went by without it getting an airing. I particularly liked that although I could wear it to the beach, over my swimwear, it was smart enough to wear as a cover-up to lunch, unlike the ubiquitous sarong which to my mind is more poolside attire. The linen skirt had pretty much given up the ghost and was faded, fraying and bagging at the backside. I couldn’t bear to part with it, so I resurrected it in a range of fabrics from furnishing fabric (blue gingham) to a fine cotton sateen. Its such a basic pattern that I just cut up the side seam and opened the darts and hip dart and lo a fabric template.
The new fabric was sourced from a number of fabric sales I had recently been to, buying a metre here and there. Instead of having all the skirts the same, I decided to make each of them different using bits and pieces that I had to hand, ribbons, grosgrain trims, buttons etc. Some are relaxed and casual with a waist tie, as the original, and others are more dressy with button fastenings.
I packed three on my recent holiday and wore each of them a number of times, from trips round local markets to going out to dinner. I’ve kept a couple back from storage now that winter is upon us and I have been wearing them with thick tights and knee high boots. A versatile little number.