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A blue neopreney travel skirt

3 September 2013, 13:30

I revealed my Mexico travel wardrobe plans last week, and what better way to start it than with a pattern actually intended for travel! I bought Christine Jonson’s Travel Trio Three pattern a few years ago because I loved the gathered turtleneck, but I’m slowly working my way through the rest of the pack, too. So far I’ve made two different views of the turtleneck already – one gathered and one plain raglan for winter running, but this time around I wanted to try out the pocketed, knit skirt.

Like the other views in the pattern, the instructions for this are utterly excellent. Christine Jonson clearly understand knits and the best ways of finishing them, and she even uses the exact same method I do for elastic waistbands (though I prefer a 3/4-1 inch wide elastic, myself)! I’m seriously tempted to buy more of her patterns with my Adsense money because I’ve really gotten my money’s worth with this pattern!

My only change here was to shorten the skirt by 12cm at the “lengthen or shorten here” line, as the original was mid-calf and felt a bit too dowdy for me. This now falls right at my knees and is just about perfect for me.

The fabric is a royal blue hefty jersey that really feels very much like a thin neoprene – this stuff couldn’t wrinkle if it wanted to! I bought the last of the roll at “A-One Fabrics” on Goldhawk Road, so I’ve made leggings in the same fabric for the trip, too, but there were plenty of other colours left in the shop, also.

I really like that the skirt is slim throughout the waist and hips, and the pockets are seriously deep! This means that they actually feel pretty secure even though they’re stretchy and open at the top, and should be great for travelling (as you’d hope by the name!). The pocket facing could really stand to be in a thinner lining fabric though as it gets to be a lot of layers on the vertical seams, but that’s my only (small) complaint about the design.

I also added an internal, zippered travel pocket to the front waistband, in place of a purchased money belt, so I can keep my passports, spare cash, and credit cards secure. But more on that later because I’ve (whisper it!) got a pattern and tutorial in the works for you!

I hope you like this fabric, because you’ll see the leggings I made with it later this week!

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  1. Love it! The fabric, the style, the outfit, the colour, the combination of that colour with aubergine, the practicality of the skirt of it without sacrificing style…

    sewingelle    Sep 3, 02:32 PM    #
  2. super cute!! i love the color and the travel pocket is so perfect! Can’t wait to see the rest of the collection

    peacockchic    Sep 3, 03:49 PM    #
  3. OMG, you are looking mighty fine missy. In fact, I hardly noticed the skirt because you were so fine. :) I don’t know if I have the willpower to give up all carbs though. I think I would go insane.

    Elizabeth    Sep 3, 04:35 PM    #
  4. Ooh! Can’t wait to see the tutorial! This skirt is seriously cute, and the color is fabulous!

    CGCouture    Sep 3, 04:39 PM    #
  5. Lovely photos. This skirt looks to be a different silhouette for you and the result is most pretty.

    Katherine Howison    Sep 3, 09:41 PM    #
  6. What a great color!

    Clio    Sep 3, 10:29 PM    #
  7. Lovely skirt! Can’t wait to see the tutorial.

    — Levone    Sep 4, 12:22 AM    #
  8. I LOVE this! What a great shape – and unique fabric choice!

    K-Line    Sep 4, 12:53 AM    #
  9. Looks great and it will still look great after sitting on a long flight or being stuffed in a suitcase. The zip pocket addition is brilliant!

    allisonC    Sep 4, 01:37 AM    #
  10. Wow, i love that skirt and the color is so beautiful. Wasn’t impressed by the technical drawing, but finished skirt is awesome.

    senaSews    Sep 4, 10:21 AM    #
  11. What a nice pattern! and that fabric looks great. Clever idea to add the money belt

    Sewing Princess    Sep 4, 12:29 PM    #
  12. Now that skirt looks a million times more flattering on than I would have expected given the line drawing. Love it! And yay for hidden pockets!! And yay – MEXICO?? lucky you!! :D

    poppykettle    Sep 4, 01:00 PM    #
  13. Nice skirt! Really looking forward to the tutorial.

    Elena Knits    Sep 4, 04:04 PM    #
  14. I love the shape and lines of your new skirt. The secure travel pocket is clever. I have really fond memories of my travels in Mexico.

    Gail    Sep 19, 11:31 PM    #

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