With reality: knit skirt
This skirt is made from Miss Matatabi's wonderful With Reality knit fabric. I spoke about it in this post, but basically it's a brushed cotton double gauze fabric that looks like a knit, but feels like flannel. It's a real head-twister and it doesn't get any less confusing once you work with it. When the fabric first arrived I still couldn't quite imagine how it would look once it was made up into a garment and it was only once I'd sewn the waistband and front panel together that I had a sense of what it would be like and began to feel thoroughly enthused by the wonder of this fabric.
I placed the waistband so that the knit pattern runs in the opposite direction - I love this effect, although I'm not sure how visible it will be normally as I often wear my tops untucked.
The skirt itself is my own pattern. I'm really happy with the fit of it, although it sits slightly lower on my waist than I'd like, which is the way all my skirts, shop bought or handmade, sit. I always know at the outset that I should draft a smaller waist, but then I get the fear that it may end up unwearably small, so lose my nerve and go for a waist that will fit, but may drop down a little for a being an inch or so too big. However, that is the beauty of skirts - they will usually fit somewhere in the space that lies 2" above or below one's tummy button (there is no nice word for that. The word belly makes me feel slightly unwell and navel feels overly medical).
My children have been fascinated by this fabric - they suggested it would make a great snood (probably triggered by a snood I have in an identical colour and knit pattern, but actually made from real wool), which it would. I actually wore my skirt out this afternoon: straight away, without leaving it to settle for a few weeks. I normally feel slightly self-conscious when wearing my own hand-made clothes - I find it feels something akin to walking down the street naked with my soul on show - does anyone else feel like this? I have so many ill-fitting, badly made shop-bought clothes, but because they're made by someone else I feel detached from this, yet I find even the slightest flaw or thing-I-could-have-done-better hard to let go when I've made it myself. However, this fabric is so curious that I feel somehow more confident to wear it, because my focus is on the fabric, rather than the fit or my sewing.
You can find other 'with reality' fabrics, including this one, here. I love these faux wool dots fabrics. These fabrics are so warm and cosy to wear, lovely to sew with and fascinating to look at - I highly recommend them.