A Little bit of Mabel in My Life


Or the moral of wilfully choosing the wrong fabric for a project…

I’ve been itching to try out a Mabelย (from Colette) for a while now, and luckily it fits in with my new sewing rules (more on that in my next post), so I can totally justify it. I purchased two lots of fabric to run a couple of these up in: one, a lovely burgundy/ wine coloured knit, the recommended fabric, and one a beautiful, kind of brushed cotton (with stretch), but clearly not a knit fabric. Although it was situated next to the knits… Hmmmm, what can I say?

So, this is the latter. I loved the fabric, it’s a kind of dark brown/black with a very subtle, lighter brown and blue abstract pattern. I knew it was subtle enough to go with lots of my present wardrobe (another of my new rules), but interesting enough to stand out: the perfect combination in my book ๐Ÿ™‚

And it sewed up beautifully. As usual, Colette’s instructions were great. It took a bit of thought to figure out which way round (and which way up) to construct the waistband, but that could have been more to do with my two children also occupying my sewing space (aka our kitchen table), completing their homework: cue a constant stream of questions…

The rest of the instructions were really easy to follow. I opted for the pencil skirt version as I’d seen a few mini versions around and knew they’d be too short for me. I’m glad I did too, as even this version came up a little short. I’ll definitely add an extra inch or so to my next version.


I really liked the outcome, however because of my daft choice of fabric let’s say it’s a little ‘interesting’ getting it on…It does have stretch, but there was no way it was going to pull up over my hips, so over the head it was! And it just about pulls down over my bust, with a fair bit of wriggling. Oh, and getting it off requires two people, so not really one for consuming any alcohol in too late at night! Unless, of course I want to sleep in it… My husband helpfully suggested that a zip would have helped, he did have a point, but he quickly realised that pointing out the obvious wasn’t such a good idea ๐Ÿ˜‰

It’s comfy once it’s on, so there’s that… But because of the relatively low stretch content, it does look like it’s pulling across the front a little and it tends to ride up whilst wearing it. Fingers crossed that in the right fabric this will be the perfect size and fit, as a real knit will have a lot more ‘give’, but I will include that extra inch in length. Second time lucky?



20 thoughts on “A Little bit of Mabel in My Life

    • Do you think that would work? I was worried the waistband was already sewn up so would make it difficult… Will have another look at where the seams are. I was thinking if I lost just a little bit of weight it might work better, although really not a lot of chance of that happening in December ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. It’s a lovely little skirt. I think the length looks great and as long as you can get into it then that’s the important thing!

    • Thank you, but I really should have known better! I think it will ‘give’ a bit with wear, but as suggested by others, I’m going to have a think about inserting a zip to make it more practical…

  2. You are brave multitasking sewing and homework at the sane time!
    Haha how you get it on/off made me laugh! It looks fab though so worth the struggle! Interesting that you proved that it’s wise to go with the recommended fabric! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks Teri! Can’t believe I thought I knew better than the pattern, but it did sew up really neatly! We have family up this weekend, so no time to sew, but will definitely have a look to see if a zip would work when I get chance.

    • Thank you! A dresser would be perfect, especially if she could do my hair too ๐Ÿ™‚ Suspect that wriggle’s going to get even more exaggerated: the festive over-indulgence has begun in abundance in our house (and at school) ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Ooh I love that fabric!!! Completely understand why you needed to make.it.work ๐Ÿ™‚ It does look fantastic on you as well, so definitely worth the effort if you can put a zip in.

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