I’m allowed to sew with patterns now. I feel like a mental patient who has been given back his shoelaces.

The first pattern-based project is for a six gore skirt:

…which is exactly like B3134 from Butterick…


B3134 | Misses’ Skirt | Skirts | Butterick Patterns


Which I have and the tissue is all cut out and ready to go. Bishop says that this style of skirt requires a self-supporting firmness to hold the gores nicely and suggests denim, cotton suiting, Indian head, or corduroy. On the other hand Butterick suggests crepe de Chine, which is about as non-self-supporting as you can get so if you are sewing along I say go nuts, use whatever you have lying around.

What’s that? You have noticed that I’m not actually sewing anything? That’s right, it is true. I’m a little paralyzed because I intend to use gorgeous fabric that I paid real money for — a lovely blue jacquard brushed cotton from Britex, and I just can’t bring myself to move forward because I think this skirt will look a tad dowdy. I mean it is a flattering shape for me since my body is beyond-pear-and-verging-on-meerkat:



Note: Waistline immediately under ribcage, followed thighs that terminate in feet -- bypassing knees, calves, and/or ankles.


A forgiving A-line is a forgiving A-line, but they are also frumpy and I strongly suspect I will not find this skirt adorable.  Also I’m nervous that I will screw up the fit since this is the first Bishop project that I can potentially make but find myself unable to wear (Oh, that ‘screw accessories’ doesn’t sound so cute anymore!)

What say you, blogosphere? Should I just go ahead and make it with my beloved easy-to-sew-but-gorgeous cotton? Or should I save that yardage for some future project? If I decided to save the e-t-s-b-g-cotton for another day, am I on the slippery slope to stashing my best fabric for someone else to sew with after I’m dead? Because I’ll be honest, I think I bought the etsbgcotton two years ago.