Today I'm hanging out in my bedroom with Mrs D, my DIY mannequin. Together we're putting our heads (?) together over how to refashion a thrifted cotton drill skirt, with minimum effort and technical skills.
The yoke and side-zip already fit me well at the waist (better than Mrs D actually - boy she should really lose some weight!) so I want to keep those elements of the skirt.
Things that I'd like to work on are:
- the weight of the material - I think some heavier material or added layers would help add structure and get rid of some of the flare and ripple that occurs around the hem line. Plus make it wearable for cooler weather.
- The icky details - seams down front, back and two sides (which add to the kind of warped hem look) and big pockets on either side (which emphasise Mrs D's saddlebags!)
- The colour/texture - a good base colour but a bit bland and pale for me.
My thoughts so far have revolved around some type of semi-attached overskirt or apron which might help skim over the shape, cover most of the details and add some weight and colour/texture.
Maybe attached to one side, then tied up over the zipper?
Or attached at the back, and tied at the front?
Do you have comments or suggestions? A completely different idea, or some advice on the idea I have?
I've asked Mrs D's opinion, but - between you and me - she's a bit of a dummy.