27 May 2012

The Picnic Blanket Skirt

I LOVE this skirt! Not only is it pretty snazzy, if I do say so myself, it's also super practical, multifunctional even. It has pockets, yes. Pockets are good. It's also super spread-out-able, you can lay your sandwiches on it and look glamorous at the same time. Moreover, while enjoying the sunshine in the park today I realised that, if I team the skirt with my red Esther Williams swimsuit, I can look glam, carry sandwiches in the pockets, then whip the skirt off to lay out on and use as a full picnic blanket. Good, eh?

Okay, so I think I've made my point about how practical it is. It's also incredibly easy to make. I didn't use a pattern, just worked out the measurements and sewed it up. The fabric is a fairly heavy but super drapey and nicely textured cotton-linen blend that I scored from Brixton market for £2/m. Plus it's really easy to wear - casual yet chic at the same time.

If you like I can do a "how to" in a future post so you can make your own button down gathered skirt. Apparently they're "on trend" and everything (not that we care about things like that, do we?). I just know that I'm going to live in this skirt this Summer. It's the kind of piece I'll miss when it's in the laundry basket...

UPDATE: Make your own Picnic Blanket Skirt

[Soundtrack: 'Je Ne Vois Que Vous' by Benjamin Schoos]