I’m not really sure that I can qualify this as a hack, but I did make alterations beyond my basic fitting adjustments. Maybe I can call it a mini hack? A baby hack? Either way I’m digging the result.
When I first bought the Mabel by Colette patterns during the fervor of its release I thought that it was a high waisted. I am not sure why as the models are obviously wearing it at hip height and it says nothing of a high waisted variation. Needless to say when I made my first Mabels I was a little shocked when the waistband didn’t hit my belly button. I still try to wear it up around my waist, not a cute look.
Long story short I’ve been meaning to give this pattern a high waisted hack for awhile. The straw on the camels back of inspiration came when I realized one of my favorite ponte mini skirts is essentially a mabel with an exposed zipper (not my favorite part) and an extra wide waistband. OMG! I could just widen the waistband of the mabel to get my highwaisted int skirt pattern. Could it be that simple. Yes, yes it can.
So. I widened the waistband by two inches, lengthen gin the side seams at a gentle angle. I kept the lining which I was worried might be too thick. I shouldn’t have been worried. It actually creates this nice little tummy stay/mild spanx effect. Very comfortable while keeping me feeling secure.
I also wanted this skirt to be a pencil skirt so I lengthened the skirt by another two inches and added the kick pleat from View B of the Mabel. Easy peasy lemon squeezey. Originally I had cut a size 8 at the waist and 10 at the hips. I kept this sizing the same as it still fits great.
The blouse is the last little bit of my electric blue knit fabric that I got at Paron’s last year. I used the rest of it on a Mesa Dress and a Violet Dress. Ha, I just realized that both of those pattern companies are used in this post, well I guess I have my favorites.
There is not much to say about this pattern I have made it before and love it. Again, I feel that this is more of a blouse then a sweater, but I would love to get my hands on some wool knit to make a true sweater version, maybe next winter. Anyways, I did make the collar band a little tight on this version and I pulled a little on the sleeves as I sewed the hem, but I love this color so I will probably wear it anyways. I can always just say it is a style choice like I usually do.