Monday, June 1, 2015

Summer Skirt - a New Take on an Old Favourite

I needed to make a skirt to complete the challenge for the Spring 6PAC on Artisans Square, and although I was a little hesitant about how a skirt would suit my burgeoning Lagenlook aesthetic, a skirt was made. I used Simplicity 4221, a pattern that I have used many times before for more 'dressy' skirts. I like a swishy skirt, and this 4 gored skirt that flares towards the hem, was just perfect. As there is only one pattern piece, I like to wear this design with a full panel front and back, and one on each side, rather than having a seam centre front, centre back and over each hip - and that turned out to work perfectly for my LL version. I knew that I needed two layers as the bottom layer would peek though, and I did toy with the idea of making two different skirts so that the underskirt could be worn with other outer skirts, but in the end, I went with the one skirt.


Yes, I know, would have been good to have taken a pic of the skirt on it's own . . . . . .

Here you can see the skirt in 'formal grown up' mode - lovely white linen, mid calf length. And here is the under layer.


I used some off white Bemberg lining as the top portion and a textured white cotton for the bottom portion. I cut the pattern off about 11" from the bottom, and that made the Bemberg portion, and I then cut three widths of fabric, 12" deep for the frill, and 'roughly' pleated it to make the inner layer. Simple right? I then joined both pieces at the waist, served the elastic onto the wrong side, folded it over so that the elastic is on the inside, and sewers it down with a triple zigzag stitch. Now I really wanted this skirt to be Vogue 9114 but didn't have the pattern, and I'm not sure how the bunching works, so for my skirt, on the four seam allowances, I attached a small piece of ribbon with a 'Babyville' popper/snaps. One was placed at 3" and the other at 12" - I didn't want the Bemberg showing through when the snaps were attached to each other.


I hemmed both layers with raw edged bias binding for that TG finish and top and edge stitched all the seamlines. I like the faux 'flat felled' look and ai think it adds a smart, professional touch.

So now I can have a plain skirt, or any combination of the four snaps attached . . . . . Here are a couple of views:



I cannot tell you how pleased I am with this. I think that a black version for winter would be fun, or even a plain coloured outer skirt with a really wacky coloured pleated piece underneath. This pattern is a bit of a fabric suck - about 2m for the outer layer, and 1m for the frill on the inner layer plus some lining - but it is really worth it. It would be a great usage for some leftover fabrics (for the underlayer anyway!)

I am glad that I made a skirt - as you can see it looks great with a dusky rose Zelda slip that I made at the weekend.

How about you? Have you made any garments through gritted teeth, that you then loved when you completed them?

13 comments :

  1. this is beautiful! I'm enjoying this new look of yours. It's quite fun, isn't it? g

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    1. They certainly are fun - I just love wearing this style! I've never had a 'style' before, so this is very exciting!

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  2. Ingenious thing with the snaps. I like the skirt when both sides are gathered and with the tunic, it's a lovely outfit.

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    1. The snaps work really well - and are very unobtrusive, oh, and quicker than making fabric ties, but don't tell anyone!!!

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  3. great use of the snaps, lovely outfit.

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  4. Ever so cute! I love the use of snaps. A print under or over would be fun.

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    1. Thanks - I'm a little nervous of prints as one of my tops looked like an apron form the 50's or 60's - which is fine if that is the look that you are going for . . . I wasn't! I need to be a little more bold I think!

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  5. I am so very much in love with the skirt! I am not so sure though, where exactly the snaps are supposed to go?

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    1. Thank-you! The snaps are on the inside vertical seams of the outer layer of the skirt. One half is a few inches up from the bottom of the hem and the other half 8-10" above that. When snapped together they form a lovely drape!

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    2. Wonderful, I am going to try. :-)
      Thank you!
      Claudia

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