I think I mentioned a post or two back that I'm having a real thing about skirts this season. Maybe it's because of the atrocious weather this winter that I've been wearing jeans to work, and taking a skirt because it folds easily in my bag...or maybe it's because I've fully embraced twinsets again...and purchased quite a few in solid colors...but whatever I'm totally in love with skirts again.
Over the years I've picked up quite a few pieces of fabrics that would make interesting skirts. No plain dull solid color skirts...nope, I need a novelty fabric or a print, something I can use to express myself yet remain within the confines of my work's dress code...tho' lately I think I've been pushing it! *LOL*
Anyway, this weekend I finished off the green/beige silk tweed skirt that I started before I became obsessed with the Versace Inspired Dress.
1.5 yards of silk twill purchased during PR Weekend from London Fabrics
Bemberg Rayon Lining
2 green glass buttons
7" green zipper
TNT skirt pattern
It was straight forward except that I underlined the fashion fabric in silk organza. I like the heft of the skirt once it's underlined and a lining is added to the skirt...it gives it substance.
The fashion fabric was cut on the cross grain so that I could use the selvedges as the hemline.
And the two green buttons add a nice touch to the waistband. I always add a button or two to the waistband. I find it's easier to wear rather than hooks and eyes or snaps.
I had the option of making a coordinating cardigan for the skirt above or making another skirt. I went with another skirt. During the week, I'd noticed that I don't own a gray gored skirt for winter...I don't even own a gray straight skirt...so I dug a piece of wool crepe out of the collection and made my trusty 4-gore skirt from my TNT pattern.
This fabric had already been pretreated because I made a pair of pants from the original length several years ago. I also used a version of the flared TNT skirt pattern that I had enlarged quite a bit:
This makes for a very full elastic waisted skirt:
Gray wool crepe
1" non roll elastic
Again construction is very straight forward...the only addition to this skirt is that I've sewed the lining and skirt right sides together and then flipped the lining into the skirt. Pressed the seam open and flat...to create a finished seamline for the casing. Since the skirt is very wide, it has a narrow hem on both the lining and fashion fabric. Both hems were machine stitched...and that's it.
Another skirt with a twinset look for work this week:
Left to sew on my winter list is a cardigan to coordinate with the silk tweed skirt above, a jacket and skirt combo and a pair of pants. I think I can get these finished by the end of March especially since I have a day off on the 24th.
...as always, more later!