Monday, February 1, 2016

A tale of two Mabels

I sewed these skirts in December, but it has taken until now to get photos!

I needed something to wear for Christmas, and since shopping for myself is so frustrating these days, I pushed through the paucity of sewing time around here and "whipped up" a Mabel.  Two, actually.


First up was a yellow ponte Mabel to wear in our family photos. I sewed Version 3, the same one I made last summer.  I had to take that one in significantly after I made it.  So this time I sewed a size L with a size M waistband.  It ended up a smidge too tight.   It looks OK on but I feel like a stuffed pepper in it.  I did not end up wearing it for our family photos.  I wore my first Mabel instead.  Hopefully it will fit better soon!


Like my first Mabel, I feel like it makes me look a bit saddlebag-y.  I actually don't consider saddlebags a problem area for myself in general, and I don't really see the problem in these photos, but in person it just jumps out at me.  I have the same issue with my first Mabel - and I have a suspicion that this pattern just isn't a good shape for me.


So for my second skirt (because I was determined to make Mabel work), I modified the pattern a little. I cut the waistband and the top of the back skirt the same, but I angled the sides outward, starting at the notch at the widest point of the hip, and flaring it out 7/8" at the hem.  I did the same thing on the outer pieces of the front skirt.


I used what turned out to be a really nice red ponte from JoAnn's.  I will definitely buy more of their ponte (on sale or with a coupon).

I like the shape of this skirt a bit better, but it still screams "Saddlebags! Baggy baggy saddlebags!" at me when I look at myself in the mirror.  I know, you are thinking, "I have no idea what she is talking about."  I think my hands are hiding the problem in the photo.  But my hands rarely hang at my sides in real life.  I'm always holding a baby or corralling a small child or wiping a nose, etc.


All complaining aside, I do wear this skirt - I wore it for Christmas and now I wear it to church regularly.  These photos were taken yesterday (you can see my photographers' reflection in the storm door) after church.  I kept trying to tug down the Josephine blouse I was wearing with it - I seemed to want it to be about an inch longer.  I think pairing it with a slightly lengthened Plantain might make me feel less self-conscious when I wear it.


Now I just need to find time to make another Plantain ;)

8 comments:

  1. I am wearing one of my Mabels today!!! I think mine shows off my saddlebags a bit too, but it's not so bad over a pair of "Assets" tights (which I don't wear for their shapewear-ness, but because they stay put and don't roll down the waist as much as other tights), and I agree with you, I prefer the skirt with a nice long top and cardigan. Speaking of which, all you need in these two photos is a nice long cardigan to cover the sides and behind and give you that feeling of being covered. You LOOK great, but I know sometimes these things come from within. That Josephine is really really pretty with the red skirt - what a fantastic color combination. I want to try the slightly a-line version!

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    1. thanks Inder! I am glad to know I'm not the only one with the saddlebag problem - maybe it really is the shape of the skirt. I do like the more a-line shape and after looking at the photos I think I will try again and flare it out even more. I have some black ponte burning a hole in my stash ;)

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  2. Exactly! I don't know what you are talking about, girl! The skirts looks awesome! I love skirts like that and will have to make me a couple for summer (though after this pregnancy my leg veins are popping out big time which is worse than saddlebags). You look great, Masha!

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    1. Thanks Dasha. They are so fast to sew on the serger, you could do it in no time.

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  3. This is a great skirt and the red one looks like a perfect fit. I know the feeling of "is my belly flashing" and that is something I always consider with tops/bottoms too. The photographer in the glass door is precious. Hope you are doing well!

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  4. You know, I have to tell you, I feel this same way about pencil skirts as well! So I totally get where you are coming from! I don't feel like I have them normally, but for some reason, this style skirt can make them look like I do. I have one that works for me - in my entire life. I have tried on many. It's kind of like high waisted dresses like the Washi- they will always look maternity on me!

    This all said, you looks great and I love that I can see your kids' reflection in the mirror!

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  5. I think our bodies just change after babies. I am nearly back to my pre-baby weight and I am still droopy and saggy. I am learning to love what I got and make stuff that works for me!
    I think you look curvy and gorgeous but I think a darker Plantain under your top may give you some 'wearing' confidence.
    xx N

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