Position 4 Pavlova Skirt is about looking smart, about cut, and about use of printed fabrics. I call this one “Circle Duo” in honor of it’s predecessor skirt from my time at Sew Weekly- the Circle Trio. I’ve held on to this piece of midweight cotton sateen stretch fabric since last August. That’s forever in my tiny sewing room, but I knew I had to save this fabric for a special Pavlova.
I used some leftover white cotton canvas from Pavlova 1 to create an underlayer skirt.
I had some fun trying on my new skirt with old favorites from my closet. This is the Duchess of Cambridge Top, still lovely after all this time- she’s one of few items I don’t toss into the washing machine (though my husband did, once!).
Here I paired the skirt with my Kiss N Ride Blouse (another Sew Weekly Make!) and some dapper ballet flats that always make me feel like dancing. While I’m not sure I’d wear all white with this skirt out in public, I’d definitely wear this combination out.
Some time ago, I noticed a friend of mine wearing an
gray army green circle skirt (plain light cotton twill) with an asymmetrical hemline. The idea won’t leave me alone. The asymmetry on her quiet skirt was less pronounced and worked quite well as smart-casual-neutral-with-flair.
My shorter side is 16″ (~40cm), but I also have another layer beneath. I’d recommend a shorter side of at least 20″ (50cm) for a single layer skirt. I made a visual guide for intrepid intermediates and higher who would also like to play with asymmetrical circles.
While Position 3 was all about casual wear, Position 4 is way fancier. I’d wear this to nice lunches or maybe dinners, teaching, and meetings.
This asymmetical cut can be used to show off a beautifully printed or textured fabric in a dramatic and unexpected way. A solid layer with a lace overlay would not look out of place, either. Why not try sheer layers? I wish I had unlimited time to play with all the ideas that come into my head!
Pavlova Position 4 Drafting & Stiching Guide (including exposed zipper experiment)
The funny thing is, I slipped into my green knit Position 3 Pavlova after finishing photos this afternoon. It’s more comfy to wear- like pj’s! (also- I ate an apple and my Lime Crime lipstick didn’t come off…!)
I hear tell we have Pavlova in Canada, and I believe it came from Leila! Pavlova is also spreading out to the UK and France, so we’ll be releasing the pdf patterns this weekend. (We’re being really, really careful finalizing the tiling so it’s possibly perfect!)
Shipping Season-Sewalong Posts
Our Pavlova 30 Minutes a Day Sewalong begins on the 15th, next week! We have 61 members in the flickr group, which tells me we’re likely to have a lively online class! Hooray! However, I want to be careful and well-prepared and rested (not to mention the other Cake work I need to do). I’ll finish tomorrow’s applique skirt and tutorials (applique, template, invisible zippers for beginners), then I need to not work online for a few days. I need to spend time with my family, also fleshing out the Sewalong Posts and taking care of some pressing Cake work. That means I’ll show you how to play with the Pavlova Top during the sewalong instead of trying to cram it all into the time before.
Is that ok? I’m still working out my time management skills..