This was a simple project from my winter "make nine" plans: my favorite skirt pattern, Simplicity 7880, sewn up in black flannel. Mr Rat and I made a small order from fabric.com last month, since he wanted to try out one of the Kaufman line of plaid flannels to make another version of his recent flannel shirt. I ordered a piece of Kaufman flannel, too, but in plain black. I've read good things about Kaufman fabrics on the internet, and wanted to see how different it was from the flannel I've bought before at JoAnn fabrics. Now that I've tried both kinds, I think that the reviews of Kaufman flannel are quite accurate: it pre-washed well, and is much firmer and stiffer and pills less than JoAnn flannel. It sewed and pressed well, too, with minimal fuzz loss.
I've made Simplicity 7880 many times. For this version, I did all the usual things that I do: pinked the seams, handpicked the zipper, made a narrow machine-hem, and used waistband interfacing for structure. The one thing that I changed was to widen the waistband by pressing the seam-allowances smaller before I attached it to the skirt, and sewing it over a wider waistband interfacing than I usually use. I think it gives the skirt a nice silhouette.
I've been in need of warm winter skirts, and I'm very happy with how this one turned out. It's versatile, simple, and fits in well to my wardrobe. I know that I will wear it until it is worn out.
I'm wearing my new skirt with my most recently completed blouse, a vintage Mexican silver and abalone butterfly brooch, some warm woolen socks, and a petticoat. I took these photos with the tripod in the studio the day before Mr Rat and I woke up to over two feet of snow. The last two photos show what our tiny yard has looked like for the rest of the week, as well as one of our favorite visitors to it.
I hope that all of you readers in the Northern Hemisphere are staying warm! And that readers from the Southern Hemisphere are managing to stay cool in the heat waves.
Mr and Mrs Rat
Mr and Mrs Rat like to sew.