Zlata Skirt

I finally made something people. After months of inactivity I finally made something. Since my last sewing project, so many things have happened, bad things, good things, and so so things, but more on that later.

I made a skirt. Do you like it? I certainly do. Sometime ago, Ana of Stepalica patterns, was looking for testers for her new pattern, and I signed up for it. Ana’s patterns are not your usual patterns. She is self taught, but you will not know by the quality patterns she puts out. Last year I wrote about her first pattern, the Nougat dress. I am still to make that, but this year shall not go by without me making it. Touchwood.

So yeah, the Zlata skirt. It is a lined pleated skirt with a twist. I told you Ana does not do the usual. You can read all about the skirt here, and see different versions of the Zlata skirt made by some of the testers here

It has three variations, and I made view C. I was not sure about my size, so I cut size 42. In hindsight I should have cut the 44 because the 42 is a teeny weeny bit too tight. Which brings me to another thing, I have put on alot of weight. I recently discovered I am a comfort eater, and the past couple of months of have been really hard on. Lots of stuff, which I hope to never go through again, happened. Anyways, my issues translated into midnight trips into the kitchen for some ice cream and chocolate cake, followed by macarons and coca-cola.I now weigh 92kg, which is the heaviest I have ever been. I currently have an incovenient pain in my knee, which Mr.Dibs and a friend of mine have attributed to my weight gain. Sad stuff people, sad stuff.

Anyway, back to my skirt. I love it. It is so different to what I normally make. I rarely sew solids. I definitely should incorporate solids into my wardrobe. The fabric is a cotton/linen blend I bought from Abakhan fabrics in Manchester. It was a dream to sew and I now wish I had bought more of it.

In terms of difficulty, I would say the skirt is a medium. You have to line it, so if you have never made a lined skirt before, this is a good project to start with.

 I found that my bum raised the back of the skirt, so I need to address that in my future projects.

 Ana gives you a few suggestions on how to add more details to your skirt, one of which is pipping. I added some pipping to the pockets, and waistband.

I might make view B next. 

Stepalica: Zlata skirt Pattern #1401

My next two projects are a toile du jouy dress, and a simplicity 2053 dress.  I actually started these two projects last year, but with the issues I had, I could not complete them.

You might also have noticed that I have not been posting Minerva Blogger projects. I left the network. I am very happy I was asked to join. I had fun while part of the network, BUT, I was not in a good place, and I just did not have the energy to do the projects justice. I still love seeing what everyone else has been making, and I just know it will only get better.


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  1. February 26, 2014 / 12:00 am

    So sorry you've been going through some bumpy times. Sending wishes for happiness and peace and creativity!

  2. February 26, 2014 / 12:03 am

    I don't know what you went through but I hope your family is doing ok? At any rate, you still look smashin 🙂 like the skirt a lot too

  3. February 26, 2014 / 1:14 am

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  4. February 26, 2014 / 1:14 am

    I absolutely love this skirt on you, Dibs. The piping really kicks it up a notch. Lovely!

    Also, despite everything happening, you look gorgeous yourself. I hope life gets easier soon. Sending good vibes your way!

  5. February 26, 2014 / 1:27 am

    This looks really great! What a lovely skirt! I think you look amazing!

    I'm so sorry to hear that you've been going through difficult times. Hoping that things take a turn for the better soon!

  6. February 26, 2014 / 1:38 am

    You're beautiful and that skirt is freakin' fantastic. Take care of yourself.

    Dani e

  7. February 26, 2014 / 1:59 am

    Sorry to hear about these recent struggles. Please take care of yourself and do what you need to. We love you! Oh, at least I love you! You've been my favorite Minerva blogger since the beginning. So many gorgeous dresses!

    What is up with this skirt? It's adorable. Like chic and grown up but also total cheerleader. You look smashing! I especially love your hair- it's really accentuating your gorgeous face.

  8. February 26, 2014 / 2:24 am

    Oh, my gorgeous, gorgeous girl! I'm so sorry life has been hard recently. I hope everything has calmed down and you're able to get a bit of equilibrium and peace back.
    The skirt is fabulous! I love the classic but modern design. You've made those pleats so beautifully and the piping really draws out the style lines.

  9. February 26, 2014 / 2:26 am

    I'm so sorry to hear about the stress in your life. Mine has been kind of crappy too – so you have my sympathy! It's amazing how many things all pile on at once. Your skirt is great, it looks really professionally made. ANd I agree, sold colors seem less tempting to sew, but they are so useful once you do make them up! I hope things are looking up for you soon.

  10. February 26, 2014 / 3:07 am

    I'm sorry to hear life has been so hard, especially when you've a wee one to look after. I hope things are improving for you. You look fabulous though – that skirt is gorgeous! I really like the piping you've added & the skirt has a gorgeous shape to it.

  11. February 26, 2014 / 4:30 am

    You've created one beautiful skirt and I love the sheen on this fabric. Great choice!

  12. February 26, 2014 / 6:49 am

    I made view B, but now want to make view C to wear with my suit jacket, not quite sure I have enough fabric though. Yours looks lovely. I really like this pattern, I think it would be nice in something quite drapy too.

  13. February 26, 2014 / 7:48 am

    I love the skirt Dibs and I am so happy to see you back!

  14. February 26, 2014 / 8:12 am

    Hope all is ok with you and things are getting better. The skirt is lovely! The piping really makes it I think

  15. February 26, 2014 / 10:26 am

    That's a lovely skirt Dibs. Love the length you chose. Would be great for work…

  16. February 26, 2014 / 10:30 am

    Your skirt is really lovely and looks great on you.
    I agree, I need to get sewing some solids, I think they would make my me-made wardrobe a lot more flexible.
    I hope things are getting bettr for you and you are through the worst of it. And I hear you on the weight gain – I've been putting on weight over the last 2 years and it has really put a dampner on my sewing, I'm just so unmotivated to sew at the moment!

    Really great to see you back though, and looking forward to seeing your future makes!

  17. February 26, 2014 / 11:24 am

    Love the skirt on you ! i'm glad to read you again but I'm sorry to hear about the bad stuff. I hope that things will improve.

  18. February 26, 2014 / 11:57 am

    Sooooo cute! The skirt and your hair 🙂 Sorry to hear things are a bit pants for you at the moment. Would you send me your new email address? I'm on the one you have for me until next Friday only – have packed my job in! :-O Think we have a lot to catch up on! xxx

  19. February 26, 2014 / 12:18 pm

    What a gorgeous skirt Dibs – you do everything justice so knowing when to bow out of something (eg. Minerva for instance) is testament to how much you give. Spring is on the way, see it as a time for self-renewal & things will improve in all aspects. Chin up x

  20. February 26, 2014 / 2:05 pm

    You picked the perfect fabric for that project. Love the results.

    So sorry to hear things have been difficult lately. Good luck and best wishes for the future!

  21. February 26, 2014 / 9:29 pm

    Love it as usual Dibs. Sorry you have been going through bad times, I hope life is getting better for you.

  22. February 26, 2014 / 10:26 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous, wish I would have seen this before I bought another pleated skirt pattern as your one is so cool. By the way you look Fab. Sassy Sewing Bees https://facebook.com/sassysewingbees

  23. February 28, 2014 / 1:16 pm

    ah chicken bless ya. Sorry you've had a right time of it. You look a blinking treat though pops. This skirt is fabulous. Wishing you well for better times.


  24. Anonymous
    February 28, 2014 / 1:41 pm

    Love the skirt and your hair – hope things get better for you. Aby

  25. February 28, 2014 / 11:54 pm

    Sorry to hear things have been bumpy and hope you are out of the dips now x Your hair is beautiful and your skirt stunning x as are you, hope life is smiling on you now.

  26. March 3, 2014 / 2:43 am

    Let me just say how excited I was to see a post from you and I love this skirt on you. Despite the issues that you're having, I hope you keep on sewing and posting because it makes my heart a little happier to see them (just to be a little bit selfish). So, even though you don't know me and probably never will, there's a tiny corner of the world cheering you on.

  27. March 5, 2014 / 8:43 am

    Oh Dibs, sorry life's been tough recently. I hope it picks up soon. This skirt is great and really looks fab on you. I think you can use that to show how fab you really are..

  28. March 5, 2014 / 7:35 pm

    So happy to see a new post on your blog!!
    This skirt combines everything I love:the shape,the pleats,the pockets and the waistband.

    And as everyone before me,don't worry we are here…

  29. March 14, 2014 / 5:37 am

    Love your fabric choice.
    I hope you're not in pain no matter what the cause. Looking forward to seeing smile again.

  30. March 20, 2014 / 6:39 pm

    Hi Dibs, sad to hear that you were going through some tough times. i hope you are doing better. I really like the skirt. You look fantastic in it. I might give that one a try myself 🙂

    Stay positive!

    BTW, I'm coming to London on 5-6 April and am planning to go to the V&A on the 6th before taking the bus back home. Let me know if you'd like to join me. Wrote about it on my blog too: http://starcross-sewing.blogspot.co.uk/

  31. May 4, 2014 / 4:52 pm

    Many best wishes, I hope things have improved a bit since February.
    This skirt is great. I like it. Funnily enough Bloglovin' just recommended your blog to me! I thought I was already followig you before. Oh well, I am now.
    Many good vibes and very best regards