Friday, March 30, 2012

The Controversial Madeleine

Controversial because I ended up hemming it longer than you all wanted me to, but I just really like it that way!  It looks like a '50s/'70s mash-up!  And I can always make it shorter, but once I've cut it, I can't make it longer!


It's just a little below knee length, and I think that's OK.  Today I paired it with a floral jacket I bought from Anthropologie a few years ago.  The red flowers in the jacket aren't quite the same red as the skirt, but I like them together anyway - I tend to like red and brown together.


After I ran it through a warm wash cycle a couple times, the fabric did shrink a little and soften up, so I'm really liking the skirt now.  But next time I do it, I'll make sure to use a lighter-weight fabric.


It's been so long since I finished this that I don't remember any of the construction particulars - sorry!  The only thing I remember is that my waistband came out too short.  I later learned that I should have eased the skirt into the waistband more than I did, so I'll keep that in mind next time.

I think you can totally tell
I was a school teacher
for many years!

Is anyone else planning to make this pattern?  Melizza made a super-cute one in kelly green.  I've been looking all over for kelly green fabric to make some pants (or another Ginger) and boy, is that a hard fabric to find!  So far I'm striking out!

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  1. The length is perfect. I wouldn't shorten it.

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  2. I love the length. I also love how it looks with a blazer. Very librarian chic!

    I got the kelly green fabric from this UK eBay seller. Maybe she mails internationally? http://goo.gl/v7Veo

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    1. Ohhh - thanks, Mela! I'll check it out!

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  3. I probably said to shorten it, but it suits you like that! I really like this pattern but I haven't bought it yet... "yet" I said!

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    1. I think it suits my school marm persona quite well!

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  4. I just love it with the jacket! I secretly have a dream of making myself a jacket...someday! This look is super cute :)

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  5. I was one of those who voted for the shorter length but I stand corrected, you were right to go with your instincts, it's lovely. You really pull off the librarian chic look too, you look fab! A bit like Wonder Woman just before she spins round! X

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  6. This looks great with the tailored jacket! Nice pairing!

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  7. ok, I guess I am in the minority, I think you should shorten it. There is nothing wrong with it long, but you have great legs, don't hid them. :)

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    1. Thanks, Tracey! Nice to hear someone thinks I've still "got it!"

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  8. I love the skirt but I prefer your length to it being shorter for that style of skirt. I love skirts on the knee but when I get the Madeleine I will have it longer so as to still preserves the Madeleine flare if that makes sense. The large pockets balances out the length.

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    1. I agree - I think with these pockets, the shorter (above the knee) length just wouldn't work.

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