It has taken me three versions of Mabel to get it right, but oh how right it is! Version 1 entailed stretchy denim and is officially the most bootilicious piece of clothing I will ever own. I thought about modeling it for you, but since I won’t even wear it outside, such a feat would take one too many margaritas. For version 2 I overcompensated and used a stretchier black ponte knit and increased the size by one; the skirt almost doesn’t stay up, and I’m at a loss for how to fix it without adding absurd amounts of bulk to the waist (not, I imagine, a flattering look). To be honest, I didn’t even finish hemming the bottom, not that it matters with knits. Finally, for version 3 I used the original size of the stretchy denim version, flared the skirt pattern pieces, and added extra length; it is dreamy! Soft, fluttery, and stays up while remaining work-appropriate. I used a soft cotton-poly mix in a cream color. Now I just need one in every color, or at least a color that isn’t partially see-through… Maybe with version 4 I’ll finally get it right!
Pros: the Mabel pattern is extremely forgiving. I’m too lazy to separately alter the front and back, so the pattern has exactly two pieces. Yes, it makes alterations (such as adding a full skirt) almost too easy. Next up might be a maxi length version for “winter” time.
Cons: for the love of all things sacred, why didn’t I add pockets? I realize that a mini skirt with hidden/invisible pockets doesn’t really work, but I was just being dense when I made the full skirted version without them. I am now reminded of my short sightedness every time I wear version 3 because I have nowhere to put my office keys during the day (this may not sound like such a hardship, but my office mates haven’t been in much lately, so the chance of locking myself out is distressingly high).
Next up, I will have to share my galaxy sorbetto, and yes, it is as awesome as it sounds!