Two weeks ago, I shared with you Lauren American Duchess’ Wintry Pavlova photoshoot. It’s our “Position 1” for the Pavlova Skirt- a drapey but solid fabric. Sewingcake.com has a few references created from this skirt including a lace faced hem, seam binding on Pavlova and the waist binding page.
The thing to remember about circle skirts is that even shorter circles are voluminous. One side effect is that a circle skirt, more than any other skirt, is defined by the type of fabric used to construct it. This wintry version is made in a soft wool suiting, though it could be used for a coat as well. It has a quiet windowpane check and a gentle napped surface.
It also features in the Pavlova Fingertip Knowledge swatch book. This is a drapey yet solid fabric in a neutral color (or colors, depending on how you see it) that slinks close to the body, which creates a silhouette that slips easily into modern life.
Fabric Shopping Guide
In the lead up to the Pavlova 30 Minutes A Day sewalong, I had a few questions about fabric shopping online. In the interests of simplicity, and because I trust them, I say go to fabric.com. I did a little “fabric shopping” at fabric.com to turn up a few sample fabrics that would give much the same “feel” as the Wintry Pavlova. I hope this helps as a guide for shopping (or using what you have on hand).
This one is not neutral, but I think it’d look smashing on the right person, and it should drape much like the Wintry Pavlova. (swatch it first)
A pretty weave like this would make a nice Pavlova skirt. Just check it isn’t terribly bulky.
I almost, almost made Lauren’s skirt in houdstooth. I bet it would be delicious…
As a wildcard, I picked out this double sided plushy flannel. I haven’t tried it, but unless it’s wicked bulky this could work.
A herringbone weave wool is another good choice for a dependable wardrobe basic. It’s a tough weave, quiet but visually interesting in a finished garment.
Always swatch and probably test-wash first. “Dry Clean Only” doesn’t mean much.
Which is your favorite wintry pick above? I think I’m most tempted by the houndstooth…