I've had this Beignet rolling around in my head for quite a long time now and I finally got around to actually making it! I'm so happy that I did, too - it's pretty much the perfect skirt. I know of at least two bloggers who have done this exact combo (navy corduroy Beignet): Mika of Savory Stitches and Andrea of Four Square Walls. Andrea says she copied Mika and I say I copied them both! Ideally, I would like to have made something more unique but in this case there's no shame. These ingredients just go together like peanut butter and jelly, red velvet and cream cheese, and chocolate and pretty much everything else. It's my new favorite thing in my closet and I want to wear it every day.
...Except today. It's freezing outside! So here's me trying to hide my "OMG it's cold hurry up and take the damn picture!!!" face.
Time for a change of scenery...how about a retro colored garage door?
Ok, cool, now run for warmth!
This skirt is pretty time consuming to make. From start to finish, it took me about a week of working on it for a few hours almost every night. The corduroy was great to work with at first - I barely even needed to use pins because of its tendency to stick to itself. Until it came time to do those belt loops, which I've read from others are difficult to do in any kind of fabric! There's no way turning these things inside out was going to happen with corduroy. So I folded them over and cover stitched with the raw edges toward the back. Worked fine.
Then, as if I hadn't learned my lesson, I tried to make the belt the same way - by sewing and then turning inside out. Ha! I was up until 3am fighting with that belt and my loop turner. I was honestly surprised it didn't come out shredded into bits when I finally got it turned right side out.
Then there was the part I dreaded the most - the buttonholes. My machine sucks at buttonholes. Yet, somehow, every single project I want to make lately requires like 100 of them. With a lot of practising on scraps, seam ripping, and tension adjusting, I finally conquered that task as well. They actually turned out looking pretty nice! I love these white buttons against the navy too.
All that extra time is definitely worth the results. It's super comfortable! I love that it's fully lined and the insides are so professional looking. The waist is stabilized with twill tape, which is something I didn't know about before this. I'll definitely use that trick again!
All in all, the nicest looking thing I've made yet. Yay, progress!