During Me Made May it became obvious I was missing skirts from my me made wardrobe. I had in mind a silhouette of a knee length full skirt. The fabric is a soft denim that I bought from John Lewis at £16 per metre. The contrast is a quilting weight cotton that I had in my stash.
I drafted a skirt to use the full 150cm width of fabric and managed to get it out of just 70cm of fabric. The waistband is a shaped yoke style and the skirt was pleated on. I added front pockets with a contrast pocket bag – I love making this style of pocket, I find it very satisfying!
The skirt closes up the centre back with an invisible zipper. I bought the zipper for a £1 at the local Fancy Dress shop, it’s recycled as the lady who runs it does alterations. I forget that she also sells haberdashery and it’s an alternative to my usual hang out. I didn’t take the top stitching all the way to the zipper along the top edge as these areas were quite thick. Top stitching + thick seam allowances = dodgy stitches and broken needle, well for me anyway.
I went for contrast pale orange top stitching thread following all the tips I learnt when making a denim shirt last autumn.
Correct topstitching needle – check!
Get the tension right – check!
Use standard thread in the bobbin – check!
I also used the contrast fabric for the inner waistband, I hand stitched the bottom edge down with small slip stitches.
I stitched it up over 3 evenings this week and wore it to work today (that’s why it’s a bit creased in the photo). My only issue is that the waistband could have been closer fitting. I did make a toile and noticed this at the time but then forgot to do anything about it…doh! I did think about adjusting it before I faced the waistband but I would of had to unpick the top of the side seams and the top stitching before taking the waistband off and it all seemed too much. It’s not a bad fit at all, I’m just being over critical. I love the overall shape and I’m going to adjust the pattern so next time I get it right!
It’s a simple pattern to make from a skirt block, I’ll do a separate post about drafting.