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The marble skirt of my dreams

Megan Nielsen Axel skirt in Mood fabrics marble scuba fabric

I have been over the top crazy pants obsessed with marble print scuba for almost 2 years. I blame it on Trine – she has posted so many gorgeous marble print creations, and i.want.them.all. Every time she posts something marble i pounce on her like a stalker nutcase requesting where she got her fabric. Then i got it in my head that I needed a marble print Briar and Axel set like this one i made a few years ago. And the idea stuck, and it wouldn’t go away. I started obsessively searching for marble print scuba everywhere, and couldn’t find what i wanted. I was turning into (even more of) a crazy person.

Megan Nielsen Axel skirt in Mood fabrics marble scuba fabric

Then I found this fabric at Mood, and it was the one. The marble of my dreams! But shipping fabric to Perth from Mood is always horrendously expensive, so i just dreamt of it… for a year. And finally at the beginning of this year i just went for it. I figured, I would spend more than that on a nice ready-to-wear dress, so why not on fabric for my dream outfit?

The stories we tell ourselves to justify fabric purchases!

Side note: The fabric is this marble fabric from Mood fabrics that when i bought it was called “scuba” and now is “UV Protective Compression Tricot with Aloe Vera Microcapsules”. I realise that is irrelevant to this post, but it gave me a giggle to see that hilariously long over descriptive name ha!

I decided to sew Version 1 of the Axel skirt, because i felt like this fabric needed some drama and some movement, which I think was a good move. You’re probably wondering where the matching Briar is! Don’t worry I’ll get to that, I just haven’t had a chance to get photos of it yet, and in all honestly I haven’t actually worn the two as a set yet – GASP! They both get a lot of wear, but oddly I haven’t paired them together yet. Weirdo. What is it that they say about the best laid plans…

This skirt seems to get the most wear, and is basically worn like this once a week on the school run. Because walking to and from school with my kids is how i like to party hehehe.

Megan Nielsen Axel skirt in Mood fabrics marble scuba fabric

On this day I was lucky enough to be visiting my lovely sister in law Annelise in Melbourne and she was kind enough to snap some photos as we went off to brunch and shopping at the markets. Try to ignore those charming *cough* tuck lines from my Maker tee shirt. What’s a few unflattering tuck lines between friends ;)So back to the original fabric purchase – i bought 3.5m of fabric for my outfit and the shipping totalled almost as much as the fabric. GULP. I shudder to admit the total purchase amount.

This is why when people ask if i sew because it saves money i flat out uncontrollably laugh. Umm nope. Giant nope.

But was it worth it? I’m going to say heartily, YES it was! Because I love this skirt, I absolutely love it, and I wouldn’t consider parting with it. I’m so much happier having paid more for fabric that i truly love and is of excellent quality, to be used in a garment that is exactly what i wanted, rather than convincing myself something in a store was actually what i wanted.

Isn’t that just the gift of sewing right there? Spending too much money and being super proud of yourself for it ;)

Sorry I actually meant to say, getting exactly what you want all the time, even if it costs more!

(But also spending far too much money…)

Meg xoxo

Megan Nielsen Axel skirt in Mood fabrics marble scuba fabric
Megan Nielsen Axel skirt in Mood fabrics marble scuba fabric

Photography by Annelise Nielsen

About Author

Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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PsychicSewerKathleen
PsychicSewerKathleen
4 years ago

This was great fun to read and see Meg! What a gorgeous skirt (and I have this pattern already waiting for me YAY!) and I couldn’t agree more with everything you say – does sewing save money (hear the thunder of rolling in the aisles?) and is Mood fabrics CRAZY shipping (I’m in Canada) costs? YES it stops me every SINGLE TIME I get tempted and put something in my basket but I fear one day I will just suck it up and pay it :) just like you. I don’t compare it to buying a garment really but mostly to, “I could buy a LOT of gorgeous fabric in Canada for this! ie silk knit, cupro/viscose (which I LOVE), organic European knits (which I LOVE) etc. But you’re right sometimes you get something in your head and oh dear I’m looking at you Mood :)

Let’s Get Sewing
4 years ago

This skirt is absolutely stunning! Fabric is very expensive, but definitely worth it in this case. I. Ant wait to see the briar too!

LK
LK
4 years ago

Do you feel UV protected and aloe vera microcapsulated? Love your work!

Fabricplusthread
Fabricplusthread
4 years ago

This skirt rocks but Mood shipping doesn’t! When I shop at Mood (rarely these days) I make sure I buy a few different things (and when there is a sale on) because I figure that its more of a bargain as I’m already paying shipping on the one thing that initially grabbed my attention (gotta justify those fabric purchases). I made a v3 Axel in this scuba and love it, but because its dressier and you know I’m a Mum who never gets to party its not been worn much. Sometime though you’ve just got to make what your heart is set on. I can’t wait to see your Briar.

Deanna
Deanna
4 years ago

Haha this is so hilarious and sooo true! I’ve been thinking about buying some patterned velvet that costs $250/m! I’ve spent so much time deciding, that the fabric is probably not there now.