This is the Burdastyle Michelle skirt I made last week and posted to the Me Made May flickr group on the last day.
Do any of you remember the days when Nora Abousteit and Benedikta Von Karaisl started up Burdastyle.com and offered a new free pattern every week, independently from the magazine? We, thousands of sewing enthusiasts, waited impatiently for Monday to come, so we could discover the new free pattern! I made my first Michelle back then (see it in my last post) and it is still my go-to Summer skirt. It feels airy in the heat because it has no waistband, is just full enough to be comfortable and is made out of a light cotton. I intended for my new one to be just as summery... However, I found this very interesting 100% polyester fabric at the market and it wanted to be a Michelle. Who am I to argue with fabric?
It has a loose weave, sort of like a tweed.
The print is reminiscent of Monet's water lilies. Let me just say, I personally dislike it when fashion copies Fine Art. I think it's kind of gimmicky. Yes, even when Yves Saint Laurent did it. To me, a "Mondrian dress" is a caricature of Mondrian's paintings... So, this skirt is not my Monet skirt or anything. It's just a skirt made with interesting fabric that happens to reference Monet's most famous paintings.
I find this fabric oddly beautiful, even though it has all the ingredients to be tacky: polyester, faux impressionism, shiny bits... It is often a fine line between tasteful and kitsch.
This close up shows its real colors much better than the photos of me wearing it. This fabric has a sheen that makes it very difficult to photograph.
It's easier to see the weave on the wrong side. There are blue metallic threads in there and they show through on the printed side as well.
I have no idea what type of fabric this is. If one of you does, please chime in! I'd love to know as I bought more in a different print. Maybe home dec?
So, my new skirt isn't exactly summery in this fabric, but it's perfectly fine for Spring in Bordeaux! I've worn it a couple of times already. I like that it's working out quite well as an everyday skirt worn with a sweater or tee.
I have enough left of this fabric in this particular print to make something else. Maybe a cropped jacket (though I would never wear the two together), what do you think?
One interesting fact about the Michelle pattern is that the front and back are exactly the same, so don't worry if you get them mixed up, it will make no difference whatsoever :)
See another of my favorite skirt styles here : Nettie Bodysuit + 90s Sarong Skirt