Sunday, 14 October 2012

Skirts on Sunday

How often do we have the fabric before we can settle on a project to use it for? I'm absolutely guilty of buying fabric without having something specific in mind. Every now and then, though, I've got the project first and need to hunt for the fitting fabric.

Last autumn I was set to make a grey linen skirt, possibly with a few embroidered flowers. I had a tough time finding a pattern that worked with my vision and finally settled on View A Burda 7529. The next problem I enountered was finding a suitable linen fabric. I kept looking but it never materialised. Nevertheless, having bought the pattern, acetate lining, and trim already I did not want to abandon the project.

I came across Riley Blake's Wishing Flowers in Grey whilst working on a farewell present for my husband's colleague. I fell in love and ordered more yardage. Thinking the dandelions had a touch snowflake to them I wanted to finish my skirt in time for Christmas. Making presents for the family for the first time, however, took up a lot more time than I anticipated. So this project got put in the corner and was revived for spring.

Fully lined, French seams.

Quilting fabric is not wide enough for such a wide skirt, so I had to work with four panels and seams instead of two. This helped my decision to move the hidden zipper closure from the side seam to the back atop of which I added a hook and eye for extra security.

The same trim I used on my green slip and a fancy stitch.

I had some troubleworking the pleats with so much and two layers fabric. There's a little pulling here and there around the yoke seam, but as with most things the unprofessional eye doesn't notice it. I love this skirt.

True to my promise to show you my mistakes, too, I'll be back next week with my first big skirt fail! Are intrigued?

Happy sewing!


  1. What a gorgeous skirt! I really love this one!

  2. I really like that little peek of lace at the bottom. Lovely skirt!


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