The Meringue Skirt is the first official sewing project in The Colette Sewing Handbook, and it was a lot of fun to make. With simple instructions, and easy to follow diagrams, this pattern went together in a matter of hours.
The first thing I did, when working on this project was make myself up a sketch of how the skirt should look on me, using my newly created Croquis.
I started with my printed sketch and drew out the design of the skirt, along with a top style I thought would work well. For me, the next step was to take the design into Photoshop and paint it up with a little color to get an idea of how it would really look finished.
While the fabric I decided on for the project was completely different than my original concept, the Croquis really did help me to visualize the final design.
The fabric I decided to go with was a Moda Little Black Dress print by BasicGrey in cream.
The first thing I did was to prewash my fabric. This is something that I don’t usually do – mostly because I’ve been making quilts, and I like that they can shrink after quilting. I like a crinkly quilt.
After getting my fabric washed and ironed, I cut out my pattern. It was really the only part of the process I didn’t love. It was a tissue paper pattern, and the whole time I was working with it, I was worried I would tear it up. But once I got past that point, everything went well.
The only place I really had any trouble was the invisible zipper. I’ll need to practice doing that again.
I really do like how this looks on. It came out as a super cute high-waisted skirt. It just seems so French. Now, to move on to the chapter on fitting.