I’m delving now into a bit of my fangirl side with my new Tardis skirt!
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that I purchased this Tardis fabric a while back. I just now got the chance to sew it up after finding a pattern that I knew would work for it. (BTW, the TARDIS is the ship that the Doctor on Doctor Who uses to travel through space and time, if you are not a Doctor Who fan. It just looks like a 1950’s British police box from the outside as it’s “bigger on the inside”. ) 🙂
The pattern I used is view A of Butterick 5285, a now out-of-print pattern. It’s a gathered skirt with a back zipper and a waistband. Very simple and fast to make and doesn’t take much fabric.
I ordered this Tardis fabric from Spoonflower. This was my first experience ordering from there, but as there is no where else to buy such fabric, I paid the overpriced amount of $24/yd for it. I ordered the “silky faille”, which is a polyester fabric. I rarely ever buy fully synthetic fabrics, but I wanted the color of this design to show and not drain out as I have seen other Spoonflower fabrics that look faded. I’ve worked with silk faille and rayon/acetate faille and this is unlike either of them. Faille is usually thicker and stiffer with less drape. I honestly doubt that I will ever order this fabric again. It’s printed on the fabric and you can see every pin/needle mark, plus the pins/needles also take out some of the printing on the fabric every time you stick one through it. God forbid you have to take out a seam as the marks will still be there. It probably wouldn’t show so much on a lighter colored fabric, but it does on this one. I’m not even certain how it’s going to wash and I’m a bit afraid of that prospect, so I may have to take it to the dry cleaner. I ordered other fabric from Spoonflower recently that is a kona cotton and it came so faded and looked nothing like the photo…. I wish they had examples of each design on different fabrics. I doubt I will order from there again unless there is something I really want that is not commercially produced.
However, I am very happy with my skirt and I just love to wear it. I wore it to a party after I took these photos and received many compliments, even one from someone who knew it was a Tardis skirt and who actually has a Tardis entryway in her garden! How cool is that?!
I paired my new skirt with this Doctor Who shirt showing all of the Doctors since the start of the new show. I guess the whole design is a bit hard to see as my boobs/belly get in the way…. lol. My favorite Doctor is David Tennant. 🙂 What about you?
I wasn’t sure if my fern earrings are too blingy for this casual tee, but oh well, they match, plus they remind me of my family in New Zealand.
Although I love my classic prints, it is really fun to make something that shows off one of my interests. I plan to do more of this in the future, including a Doctor Who dress, which I already have the fabric for (and not from Spoonflower!!). 🙂
I’m normally a dresses girl and wear a dress most every day, but I really am seeing the fun in wearing skirts. I generally relegate my skirts to the winter with straight and pencil wool and denim skirts that I pair with sweaters and riding boots, but I am seeing how fun skirts are like this and how you can pair them with awesome tees. So I’m definitely going to be making some more!
- Skirt: Butterick 5285 in Tardis print polyester “silky faille”, made by me
- Tee: Tee Public
- Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens cork wedges
- Earrings: Bauble Bar