Sunday, 2 February 2014

A Border Print Skirt

It's been a busy month of sewing, and all of it stash busting. 

First up is a simple skirt using a small length of cotton border print.  I would have loved a dress in this fabric but only had a metre to work with.

Border print A-line skirt

I ended up going with a simple A-line skirt using my trusty vintage simplicity (Simplicity 7142) as a base, then I added a self drafted shaped waistband.

I fully underlined in a cotton voile as the fabric is very lightweight and as a skirt I wanted it to have a little more body.  It transformed the fabric so beautifully.  I am a massive fan of organza but I decided that simple cotton would work better for this fabric.

The seams are all serged, the hem is hand stitched to the underlining and the zipper is a 8" one from stash that I inserted as a lapped zipper, my favourite method for a "normal" zipper.

To keep the lovely print unbroken as I didn't have enough to pattern match I cut the back piece on the fold and moved the zipper to the side.

Border print A-line skirt

I've worn it "dressy" with the black top and heels but also found myself wearing casually with a coloured t-shirt or singlet top and casual sandals - the lightweight cotton makes its very cool and comfortable to wear.

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