I love Anna Maria Horner fabrics. I mean, really, I love them. I think I could live in a house entirely decorated with them! They are so vibrant and interesting that I would never get bored. So, I was thrilled when Innocent Crush came out and included some options in Velveteen! I was able to score three yards from Sew Mama Sew when they had their sale a few weeks back. I love their fast shipping and great customer service!
Anyway, I decided I wanted to make myself the Norma skirt from Ottobre Woman, 5/2010, pattern #2. The description of their sample said they used stretch velveteen but I decided to try it with AMH's velveteen, which is not stretch. I took a risk because I do not sew for myself often and I am not a skinny minny anymore. This was going to take a great deal of attention to detail and patience.
With all that in mind, here is what I made! It was not an easy pattern to follow. The directions did not make sense to me in some places. I knew how to attach the waist yoke, which was good because Otto's directions were too vague. And the lining attachment instructions seemed like Greek to me so I made a slip instead of lining the skirt. The skirt also came out about 4 sizes too large at first so I had to do major alternations on it.
But, in the end, I now have a skirt to wear to holiday festivities this year! And I have enough fabric leftover that I will be making a little girl skirt to match soon! We will both wear our skirts with black tights, black shoes and black tops.