Colette Patterns Mabel v1

Just chillin with the neighbor's dog, Yuki.

First off I want to apologize for all the posts I am making this week. I have a backlog of projects and will probably be bombarding your feed over the next five days. Sorry, guys!

Now can we please talk about the Colette Patterns Mabel skirt aka my new TNT summer skirt pattern of 2014 which is going to be made 34857602345 times in the next few months? When I set my eyes on this beautifully drafted skirt it was love at first sight. Which was good considering I pre-ordered it without knowing what it was.

This is totally embarrassing, but I want to share a story with you all. In high school I won the Homecoming thing at my high school. Weird, right? Three different outfits were required for the various functions and I still wear the knit knee length leopard print skirt that I bought for the school assembly. It's lasted close to fifteen years, so yeah, I was pretty pumped that Colette Patterns came out with a pattern that was similar, so I could make more knit skirts.

My pup wanted in on this shot.

Mabel is the PERFECT first project for someone that is new to sewing knits. There are not many pieces to cut out, the construction is very straightforward, the directions are crystal clear in the usual Colette style, and it can be sewn with a serger or sewing machine. The fabric requirements are around one yard, so it's perfect for splurging on a nice knit. Yes, you read that right, one yard.

Oh yeah, sorry for the disheveled look. It's been in the nineties here (gross) and this top is pilling and wasn't the greatest choice to pair with the skirt, but whatevs, it was hot and it was more about comfort and feeling cool than being stylish.

My husband calls this my "realtor shot" since it's taken in front of houses haha.

I'm calling this skirt my wearable muslin, although most people probably have skipped the muslin for Mabel. The only reason I made one was because of a Project Sewn fabric issue. I needed two yards of a sweater knit (for the project you are going to see on Tuesday), but after placing the order I found out that Hart's only had one. The fabric was too cute, I couldn't pass on it, and figured I'd use it for a future project. Sweater knits are not one of the recommended fabrics for Mabel, but I figured I'd give it a shot and call it a wearable muslin. The waistband is definitely not as tight as it should be, but it's wearable and most importantly, comfortable.

Do you have a TNT skirt pattern? I do, it's called Mabel :)


  1. Ally Design Rewind FashionsMay 4, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    A one yard skirt - perfect! And I love the print.

  2. Love that skirt on you!! and love the realtor shot--Luke is hilarious :)

  3. The Mabel is super cute on you and I love your fabric choice.
    My Hollyburn is my TNT skirt pattern :)

  4. Beautiful! I love this whole outfit!

  5. Tone Iren VegsundMay 4, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    Ooooh! I love the fact that this is a 1 yard project! How practical!
    Great print to!

  6. I love the entire ensemble! I am so happy you used a leopard print - it's really your signature, no? You look great!

  7. LOVE the leopard print!

  8. This looks great! I've got a Mabel planned as well. I too ordered it without even knowing what it was! Also, can't wait to see what you've got for project sewn tomorrow!

  9. Wow one yard! More of a reason for me to get on it!! I have this pattern and don't have a clue as to why it's still in the envelope. I've read it only takes about an hour too! The leopard is super cute!

  10. This looks awesome on you! I've been trying to stay strong and not buy more patterns, but damn, this looks so hot on everyone who's made it! Love it! Oddly enough, I don't really wear skirts (I think because it takes more work to pair them with something than just putting on a dress or a top and jeans) but I lived in nothing but denim minis all through college. My favorite skirt pattern is the Grainline Moss mini, though- it gets worn more than any other skirt in my closet. :)

    Also, OF COURSE you were the homecoming queen! You're completely awesome!

  11. Erin, your Mabel looks so dang awesome on you! Sweater knits should be in the suggested fabrics, because I definitely want a cozy sweater Mabel now. You know, in November, when it's no longer a million degrees! Love, love, love this.

  12. Love your Mabel!! It's a good dress-up or dress-down skirt.

  13. I'm right there with you on the Mabel love!!! Yours is a lot more fun than mine, but I reckon both of us will get a LOT of wear out of them!!! Your Mabel is elevating your pilly tee to higher levels! :)

  14. This is so adorable! I'm really weary about wearing a knit skirt and it being too tight or something, but I may have to give this skirt a try. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. I love this! It works so well in that awesome print! My Mabel pattern arrived today, can't wait to get started!Think I will add a cosy one like yours to my list in the Autumn, it works perfectly! :)