Color me disappointed
I remember way back when, I wrote a post about how do our garments wear. I meant, how do they look after being washed, worn, put through their paces, as it were. Some things I make and they just become workhorses in my wardrobe, like my batwing tops or the wrap dresses or my rain coat. But others, for various reasons, don’t make it past the first wearing for the photo for the pattern review. Case in point: the Kelly green skirt I made recently…
If you will recall, I wasn’t blown away by the look of this skirt on me. I felt the kangaroo pockets accentuated my belly area unattractively. But I loved the cotton sateen fabric, the color, and the beautiful topstitched hem. I wore it a couple of times and then popped it into the washer. When it came out, I noticed that the backtack stitching at the kangaroo pockets hadn’t maintained their backtackedness after going through the laundry ringer. Not sure why. Everyone else didn’t have that problem. Just how many times are you supposed to go back and forth at the end of a line of stitching before it “takes”?
When I tried it on again, I just hated it. It didn’t shrink at all, mind you. The fit was exactly the same as when I wore it freshly made. I just didn’t like the look on me. And the pocket bags showed through the fabric as I walked, which annoyed me.
And now I’m mourning the loss of my Kelly green fabric. I don’t have enough remaining to make another skirt and can’t really cannibalize this one to make another because of the kangaroo pockets. I’m not really sure why this skirt isn’t working for me because it has worked for so many others. Oh well, I know when to fold my cards.
Anyone want a Kelly green skirt? It has really great topstitching.