One More Mabel for the Road


This is my last one of the year, I promise! And in my defence at least it’s a little more Spring-like with its black and white stripes. And I have worn my other ones constantly. And it was a good exercise in pattern matching. And, and, and…..

Yes, I know, you get the picture! But they’re easy and super-comfy to wear if you haven’t already succumbed to a Colette Mabel. Not much to add other than, as with my last version, I left out the back vent. The fabric was ‘cheap as chips’ from Abakhans in Manchester. After sewing with some lovely fabric of late though, this did feel pretty ‘cheap’ in comparison. It came out ridiculously big in the waist because it stretched out so much, so I took it in by a good inch on each side with my overlocker. Simple enough to fix.

Enough already! Time to move on! Next time something a little more exciting, I promise 😉



19 thoughts on “One More Mabel for the Road

  1. Fab skirt! I really like the side panels and you have matched the stripes perfectly. I really enjoy going back to old ‘tried and tested’ patterns as they get easier and quicker to make. You shouldn’t feel guilty as they all look very different! 🙂

  2. I love the tiny stripes! I am a big fan of making multiple versions of the same pattern once you’ve got it perfected. Before I was sewing clothes for myself I would buy multiples of basic items like this when I found things that fit well– I knew I’d wear them until they wore out!

  3. When you think about it, the only thing that distinguishes one garment from another is the choice of fabric. Often, the basic designs are similar so carry on experimenting to your hearts desire – they look like different skirts:)

    • Thank you! And you’re right, it’s the fabric that really makes the difference. This cheaper fabric really wasn’t all that nice to sew with. Hopefully it doesn’t look cheap though 😉

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