Sewn: A Grey Brumby

This weekend past was a long weekend here in Sweden, Ascension Day is a public holiday and at my office we always get the Friday off ass well, so Woo-hoo, four day weekend!  We had grand plans, well grand to be in the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020, we meant to meet people. Friends on the Thursday and Friday was my sister 40th birthday so she invited us to a picnic. On Wednesday night my son started sneezing, which was a full-blown cold by Thursday and thus all plans were cancelled.

Love the skirt paired with my denim jacket

Luckily, I had planned to get my car inspected on the Wednesday (mandatory in Sweden), so since I had to leave the house, I also decided to go do some fabric shopping. During April I’ve made a big dent in my stash (11 metres out, nothing in. Still had about 70 metres, though), but I wanted something new and fresh to work with. I picked up four pieces and one of them hardly spent any time in my fabric box, it’s already made into a skirt. Imagine that!

Exposed zipper in the back

I spent last year’s black Friday money with Megan Nielsen, purchasing the Briar and the Brumby. I’ve made several Briars already, but this was my first completed Brumby. With some stashed jacquard, I’ve made half a Brumby, but decided to put it off until colder seasons, I mean I need to take the opportunity to make some warm weather clothes, right?

Please note that I put on pretty shoes for these photos

This is version 2, midi length with many gathers. The hem is a bit deeper than designed, both because I liked it so and to shorten the skirt a bit. I also failed at realizing how a zipper is measured so it sits a bit low and I had to add a hook and eye at the top. Other than that the pattern is sewn as intended. It was a nice pattern to work with, I probably could have drafted something similar myself, but I don’t want to and I’ll gladly pay for someone else to do it, if I think it’s a pattern I’ll use a lot. I liked that the Brumby is not an ordinary rectangle into dirndl skirt, but there is some shaping in both the skirt panels and the waistband. Also, the tutorial for inserting the exposed zipper really helped.

The fabric is a linen/viscose blend, which, once you get over the fraying, is lovely to work with and it was perfect for this skirt. I see this skirt being a summer staple piece and besides the jacquard version for winter, I’m also envisioning a cupro Brumby for winter events. Conclusion: It’s a nice little pattern!

 

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