Sunday, August 15, 2021

The Madras Skirt I Wanted to Wear On Vacation

In June, I was packing for a family trip to Niagara Falls and the Finger Lakes in New York when I realized I did not have a fun skirt I wanted to wear. (Related blog posts I have toyed with writing: Why Do We Get Tired of Our Clothes? And what can we do about it? Also, Why Do I Loathe Packing So Very Much? Really, why? Maybe I should find out why some people enjoy packing to shed some light on my loathing?)

It was late at night and I was not nearly done packing, but the ding-dong pandemic has ridded me of some pragmatism, so I went immediately to my fabric shelves to see what was "fun." Madras! And also unbelievably soft with the wonderful intersections of colors creating new colors. I googled "madras skirts" and spent some daydreamy moments in our trip designing the madras skirt I wanted. 

I found an image of a Ralph Lauren skirt that fired my imagination, so I modified a simple wrap skirt pattern I had to add the ruffle and make a tie closure instead of a button. I inserted some pretty little scraps in the ruffle and tie for the patchwork fizz I like, but then when I saw the ruffle in the mirror, I unpicked the biggest pieces and took them out. Just didn't like them - patchwork can be so surprising. I left the smaller pieces intact. 


I had enough madras left to squeak out a tank top (another Sorbetto tank). I love wearing the skirt and tank together for a dress look, or mixed with other shirts and skirts to hopefully avoid clothing boredom. 


The madras is a dream to touch. Truly the best thing float off sticky sweat in hot weather. However, it is really lightweight, almost delicate, and I did not add a pocket to the skirt because I was unsure it could handle the stress on the seams. I also could not quite figure out where to slap a pocket on a wrap skirt. Bummer. I really rely on pockets.


Back to packing: I have noticed that it does bring my clothing collection into focus when I pack for a trip. Suddenly I see that I have tons of navy, or that my tank tops are stretched out and sad, or that my favorite sandals need to be replaced soon. Or that I want a fun skirt! So that is a good thing I can focus on for future packing. . . 

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  1. Love this outfit and so nicely sewn.

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  2. I love the skirt, and the "tag" you put into the top - so cute!

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    1. Thank you! The "tags" are my favorite part - there is some more of that flowered fabric in the skirt tie. . .

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  3. It's great! And yes, packing does seem to point out how bored I am with all my clothes. I just went through that myself.

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    1. And what did you do with your conclusion? Tell yourself to wait until the cold weather clothes come out? Buy some new things and ditch some old ones? Do tell!

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  4. I thought it was a dress. Beautiful! I especially like the first picture!

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  5. An idea - a little purse-affair-pocket sewn into the waistband where the wrap comes across.

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    1. Mmmmm, interesting! I will ponder that. . .

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  6. What gorgeous fabric! It's a stunner of a skirt and top combo. Very summery.
    I'm just about diametrically opposite regarding clothes. If I can get away with wearing jeans and a t-shirt, or shorts and a t-shirt every day, I will!

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  7. Looks great! And really love the colors. I always love packing cuz it means I'm going somewhere! Haven't taken a vacation in almost 3 years. Hoping to get over to Wyoming this year for a few days on a road trip

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    1. Oh, I do hope you can get away for a bit! Vacations can be so refreshing.

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  8. Oooooh, I LIKE it. As Christy said, I thought it was a dress initially. That's a brilliant coordinating scheme for wardrobe variety. One of my favorites in the past year or so has been putting a top over a dress. It is the same, but in reverse. People are always complimenting my skirts these days...even though they're the same dresses I've been wearing for years. Ha! It is all about the variety, I guess.

    And I love packing. Matt has to reign me in sometimes when I want to start packing too far in advance of an upcoming trip. For me it is part of the excitement of going--or helps build/add on to the anticipation. Plus, I love making lists and checking things off and so find it all very satisfying. Our recent trip to the Redwoods was a fun and challenging one since we were flying AND camping.

    You inspired me to try the Sorbretto tank when you mentioned it a couple of months back. It was all going according to plan until I tried to finish the arms/neck. I am just not a wiz with bias tape, I guess, but practice, practice, practice. I might toss this one and start over though. I can't see myself ever being able to overlook its wonkiness. I should try Take Two.

    Enjoy your new summery dream outfit! It looks very good on you.

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    1. Layering with dresses is so cool! I forget about that one. . .

      As for packing, I do really like lists. . . it just seems like I always forget something and that drives me bonkers, so my lists let me down.

      For the Sorbetto tank, I did not actually follow their bias tape directions. I tucked the bias tape inside and topstitched it down. I used a commercial tape, too, because I have a great vintage collection and that seriously speeds up this tank sewing. Good luck with your tank!!

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  9. Every time I pack there is a secret hope inside me that when I open my suitcase at my destination, it will be filled with the perfect mix of clothes, sporty, cute, and a just the right sundress for dinner out. I try to pack like that but my actual clothes never seem to be exactly right.

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    1. Haha, I get it! And the effort of trying to think through all the situations on vacation and the clothes I'll need for those situations - blech, exhausting. How wonderful would it be to have a person pack FOR US and get it right!?

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  10. On pockets, put a hanging bag pocket, in the waist band. JR

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