Experimenting with Axel
My sewing goal this year was to slow down, to plan, to toile and to spend more time on fit. The ultimate goal was to create a more ‘keepers’… items that stay in my wardrobe for many years. I feel like I’m making good progress on that goal, but I’m also aware that experimenting and pushing the boundaries of my own personal style can be powerful too. With that in mind, I purchased a copy of Megan Nielsen’s Axel Skirt (on sale from Stitch56), brought a metre of olive ponte from The Cloth Shop and set to work.
This sure was a quick sew. There are only three pattern pieces and no closures… you don’t even need elastic! I traced off version 3 of the pattern, graded out at the waist to accommodate my measurements, cut my ponte, and headed straight to my sewing machine.
Honestly, the hardest thing about this project is getting the twin needling ‘v’ to match. I basted the seam and quickly decided that near enough was definitely going to be good enough.
As ponte doesn’t fray, I just trimmed (unevenly by the look of things) my seam allowances. Did I mention this was a speedy sew?
The resulting skirt fits beautifully, is comfortable to wear (it doesn’t ‘ride up’ as much as I expected) and can totally be classified as secret pjs.
Making this skirt feel like ‘me’ was a bit more challenging than I thought. I had anticipated wearing this skirt with fancy sneakers, but it turns out that ankle boots and coloured textured tights are my preferred way of styling it.
Pattern: Megan Nielsen’s Axel Skirt
Size: XS graded to a M at the waist
Fabric: Olive ponte from The Cloth Shop
Alterations: Graded out at the waist to accommodate my measurements
Accessories: Sophie Digard scarf from Scarlet Jones
Location: Eastern Suburbs, Melbourne