Pretty woman

Ever since I made a knee length Syrah skirt I have been dreaming about a maxi version. During the tour I loved maxi skirts that Abby, Abbey, Teresa and Pienkel have made.

While she was sleeping, I made myself a maxi Syrah skirt.



It is amazing how a comfortable and beautiful item of clothing can change the way I feel. Every time I wear this skirt I start singing Pretty Woman in my head. I do feel pretty and even sexy wearing this skirt. I love the way it flows right to the ground and how it moves when I walk. It is so comfy I could live in it.


Photo-bombing courtesy of my dog. He is a 10 year old Jack Russell x Fox Terrier. His name is Happy, and he is our favourite family pest :)

My knowledge about knit fabrics is limited. I do not have much experience sewing with stretchy fabrics. I loved this fabric when I saw it on a clearance shelf at my local Spotlight, but I was not sure if it would be suitable for a skirt. It is 60% cotton, 40% modal. To start with, I had no idea what 'modal' was. I asked a couple of shop assistants, and while we had a lot of fun chatting, they were not able to tell me much about this fabric. As fabric was heavily discounted I decided to take a step of faith and give it a go. So far so good.


Both of my Syrah skirts were cut the same size, but this one turned out a little bigger. I remembered this post by Elegance & Elephants after I finished sewing. It might have been helpful to re-read it before I started working on the skirt. But hey, the skirt still fits well, it is very comfy, and I am super happy with it.


I could not decide if I wanted to line my skirt for ages. I actually bought lining fabric, but ended up only lining the waistband. I am so glad I did! I think it helps my skirt stay on!


I am a little proud of myself as I made this skirt almost entirely on the overlocker. I only used my sewing machine to hem the skirt. I have only sewed my daughter's swimsuit on the overlocker before, and I was so anxious about it I disabled the knife. In the past I would sew knits on my sewing machine and use the overlocker just to finish the seams. This time I felt truly adventurous. I was amazed how quickly I sewed this skirt. I think I will be sewing knits on the overlocker from now on.


We had a small family outing for the photo shoot. We also took photos of Little Monkey's new dress. I will blog about it soon, so stay tuned!

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  1. This skirt turned out beautiful. I have some green fabric set aside to make another Syrah skirt!

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    1. Thank you Teresa. With how warm your winters are you will get plenty of wear out of it!

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  2. Beautiful! I'm mid-way through my first Syrah skirt, inspired by yours. It would be quick except I've broken every overlocker needle I had sewing though the ruched waistband side seams! Its at a stage I can try on though, and it's so comfy I'm sure I'll be making more!

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    1. Oh no! I love the ruched waist look. I was going to make it, but got so lazy - the pattern piece was already cut out looking at me, so I went with that ;) Are you going to blog about it? I would love to see it :)

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    1. Thank you Lauren for such a beautifully designed pattern.

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  4. oh wow that looks lovely on you, Jenya.

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  5. You look prety �� and yes: make use of your overlocker for the knits. Much easier!

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    1. Thanks :) I love my overlocker even more now haha

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  6. I really love this, Jenya! I printed out Syrah Skirt pattern and got the lining fabric ready... well, I'll make one for next summer for sure :)

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  7. The skirt is lovely! Maxi skirts are the best!

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  8. I love this skirt Jenya! I have not tried sewing with knits yet (too scared).I am getting an overlocker for Christmas and although I am excited I am a bit daunted by it too.

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    1. Oh Michelle, I am sure you will love your overlocker! Best Chrissie present ever :) I am just getting excited about sewing knits, and am a bit grumpy at how difficult it is to find good knits where I live.

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