A Zinnia for a Garden Party

Monday, April 23, 2018

Experiment:
Colette Zinnia Skirt Pattern
Version 1
Size: 2
Materials:
2 yards of cotton-poly blend
Buttons from my stash

Procedure:
Well hello! I can tell spring is here in the Northern hemisphere because of all the pollen and, of course, the beautiful flowers. It has been a whirlwind month since I last blogged. I spent a week in Ohio with my family and got to meet my newest niece, Bella.  My brother and his family currently divide their time in Germany and Denmark. Then, when I returned to Louisiana, my son had a couple of final soccer tournaments and baseball started. Exhaustion has set in. My hope is that the end of semester (and school year) is in sight. I cannot wait to find more time to sew, read, and relax.
I am continuing my flower spring theme with Colette's Zinnia pattern.  I scored a fabric haul at an estate sale several years ago and this floral print was included. I am sure it is some cotton poly blend  -- it is lightweight with a nice drape. Anywho, back when I had my Seamwork subscription I picked up the Zinnia pattern since I had built up a ton of credits. With a scant 2 yards of fabric and flowers on my mind, this Zinnia was created.
Mental note that there is not much ease in this pattern. I made a size two based on final measurements and I expected just a bit more ease in the waist. I couldn't wear this skirt to a feast as the button at my waist would pop right off but it is a nice skirt to wear to work or to run errands. The button placket is very thin -- too thin. I choose small buttons and it appears like the placket is not big enough. I checked to see if I had done something silly -- nope just thin.
I made a bunch of rookie mistakes while rushing to make this skirt one evening. I think the gathers are not so even on both sides. However, I pay no mind to that since it is hardly noticeable. I rushed to make this skirt to have something new to wear to a garden party.
Like most of my encounters with Colette patterns, I want to love the final product but I am underwhelmed (The look above captures it all!). I probably wouldn't make the pattern again. Oh well -- can't love everything you make, right?

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