Dear Friends, have you ever made something that deep down you knew wasn’t ideal but secretly you hoped would work out? Like, for example, an elastic waisted skirt?
I made myself an elastic waisted skirt to wear last summer; I wore it only once. It was a foolish notion for someone who doesn’t really have a waist to go ahead and bulk it up with elastic gathers.
Trying to think back, I haven’t worn an elastic waisted skirt for about 35 years.
I made the skirt from a length of 90cm wide op-shop fabric, and there was just enough to cut a rectangle for the back and front. I added in-seam pockets (in another fabric), white broderie anglaise lace at the hem, and a white ribbon bow at the front. I planned to wear it with a fresh white blouse. The skirt is one of the prettiest I’ve made. The bouquets and swirling ribbons made me think “French countryside”…..the magazine version, that is -you know, picnics in flower-filled meadows, boating on rural canals, rustic farmhouses with cobbled courtyards, that sort of thing.
The waist on this skirt has gone through four incarnations.
Originally I made it a drawstring waist with white grosgrain ribbon, which was annoying to pull up the gathers each time I put it on.
Most people would have given up by now, but I really liked the skirt so I pushed on and did what I should have done at the start: a waistband.
There were two problems…