A skirt of triangles, marmite and personal space

Remember the teaser I wrote in my Stash Delve: Cushions post about having found another fun fabric at Ikea? Well here it is….

Simplicity 2451 Triangle Skirt 1

Ok, ok so I am fully aware that this fabric is like Marmite – you either love it or you hate it. The first person I showed the fabric to said “that’s horrible”  (thanks Mum!), the second diplomatically said they’d have to see it sewn up as a skirt before deciding (which meant don’t ask again and they won’t lie!). I made the skirt anyway, using Simplicity 2451. This version really is a polar opposite to my navy corduroy first make!

Simplicity 2451 Triangle Skirt 2

On my first outing in this skirt I had two big compliments, with one of the ladies even plunging her hand into a pocket to feel the habutai lining and running her finger over the pleats. Normally I’m a bit guarded about personal space but I enjoyed someone admiring and taking in all the features of this skirt that I have a fondness for too (and she’s a good friend so I’ll let her off for the personal space thing!). But the second time I wore it, a complete stranger stroked my hip, told me that my skirt was really fun and asked where I got it. This was at Walthamstow Market so when I told her I made it she demanded to know which shop was selling the fabric. I’m sure I blushed while saying Ikea.

Simplicity 2451 Triangle Skirt 3

And two points on pattern matching:
1. It helps if the fabric is printed evenly- the corners of some triangles don’t meet up while others wonkily overlap.
2. If the pattern repeat is larger than your circumference, pattern matching at the sides and back is impossible.
I settled for aligning the horizontal lines all the way round and centered the diamonds/triangles on the waistband and front panel. I think it works but I also know I had no other option!

So what do you think? Be honest… I’ve seen the looks I get wearing this and they’re 50/50 so I can take it.

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19 responses to “A skirt of triangles, marmite and personal space

  1. Well I think it’s fun and funky 😀 And it’s a really nice skirt pattern – love the pockets. Your comment about personnal space really made me smile – always a bit odd when people come up to you and start reaching into your pockets!!

  2. I love it! I’ll totally have to look whether they have that fabric at my local IKEA so I can shamelessly copy your idea! Already looking forward to the looks I’ll get. Teehee!

  3. I love it! That pattern is so fun! I have some Ikea curtains I’m not using any more that I’ve been thinking about making into a skirt, and this looks so great that it has given me courage!

  4. Oh, this is a winner!!! I love it, the fabric, the pattern, the pockets, and even the fact that the triangles don’t line up isn’t causing my to have a seizure or anything (I’m a bit anal about lining up, lol). Wear this with pride, my dear, it’s fabulous! (Oh, and I don’t like marmite….you can have mine).

  5. A really fun skirt – I love a bit of Ikea fabric for skirts as you know!

  6. This such great fabric, I can’t believe it’s from Ikea!! I am in the love category for both marmite and this fabric 😉

  7. Mmmm marmite! Yum! 🙂 I love your skirt! And I love using Ikea fabric, especially for skirts but I am running low, I’m going to have to fly over to Aussie and get some more!

  8. I love it its very funky and bold.

  9. I love it! In fact, I saw it on Google when I searched for views of this pattern and added you to my bloglovin just because. I thought somone who made “that” skirt probably has similar taste to me re. sewing. Doesn’t IKEA have the best fabric for sturdy skirts? Soft enough to wear but hardy enough to play hard and last long.

    • Wow, that is a compliment! Thank you. Hope my other makes don’t disappoint because this skirt is far more adventurous than I usually feel comfortable wearing!

  10. I like it, too! I’m glad you went for it despite what others said. That skirt pattern is perfect for that fabric. Great job!

  11. Well, I hate Marmite, but I bought this fabric about a month ago on my last visit to IKEA, even thought I only came across your skirt today. I was even thinking about making a shift dress, but having seen your skirt maybe I will make one too. Thanks on the info re pattern matching – that is one of the things that I have not had much success in figuring out so far.

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