You will see this skirt repeatedly because it is the only one I packed for the trip. Iris was smart enough to bring two sleeveless shift dresses and two skirts.
Doesn't she look fantastic during this spice farm tour in Zanzibar?
The real trip skirt I had planned was made of heavy-weight silk twill (600 gram skirt!) employing time-consuming hand sewing techniques and was 2 inches too big at the waist. More on that later.
In desperation, I reached for some sturdy cotton and pedestrian-looking out of print (OOP) Butterick 3133. I wanted something washable, with an elastic waist, side pockets and that I could sew quickly.
The fabric has green thin warp yarns and black thick and thin weft yarns. It looks black in the top photo and gray in this photo of an ill-fated dress. This sage green Burda 8998 tank top brings out the green in the skirt.
We look disheveled because we had just climbed the stairs to the top of the lighthouse on Chumbe island. It was even more difficult because I wore a long skirt* in order to conform to the local modest dress codes for women whenever I was out of the water.
I sewed this in such a hurry, I neglected to take a photo of how I added two hidden interior buttoned pockets to the side seam pocket bags. I will do a tutorial on that later.
Don't hurry past old Butterick patterns when you come across them. In my experience, they are very accurately drafted, true to size, and fit well. In a 'hip' fabric, they can look very au courant. Don't believe me? Take a look at this picture from the December 2010 issue of American Elle. Aren't those $375 Philip Lim 3.1 silk pants dead ringers for the wide-legged pants, Butterick 3133 View E?
* In retrospect, a skirt this long is overkill. Female tourists just need to wear skirts or pants that reach past the knee. The local women wear their skirts longer, but they don't expect tourists not used to the heat and humidity to do the same. Sleeveless tops are fine, but don't wear spaghetti straps or flash cleavage.