Thursday, December 20, 2012

A Border Print Skirt

I don't usually sew skirts during the winter months.  When I first purchased this fabric from Moods NYC store, I was actually thinking of making a blouse with it...especially since it's a beautiful, lightweight silk with the border print going down the center of the fabric.


Then I saw this skirt from White House/Black Market...


...and after seeing it, a light went off in my brain. I decided that I should use my new border print fabric to make my own version of this skirt.


Of course, since the silk is lightweight and a little flimsy, I underlined the skirt with a bemberg rayon lining.  The lining was basted to the silk and a line of basting was also added to the center of the border print to insure that the two pieces of fabric worked as one.  The pieces were then serge finished.

I used my TNT elastic waist skirt pattern.  The simple silhouette of that pattern effectively highlights the border print.  To achieve this, I laid the skirt piece directly over the center of the print on the fabric, pinned it down and cut it out.  The front seam was then stitched closed.  The back seam was stitched leaving a back slit for walking ease.  A casing was added for the non-roll elastic and a half inch was turned up at the hemline and stitched flat.  That was it...an easy, breezy skirt that lets the fabric speak.

Some stats:
Fabric ~ 
2 yards of 45" wide border print silk from Mood

Notions ~ 
1" non-roll elastic
black bemberg rayon lining

Some pics ~ first the side views...



The skirt worn with a RTW twinset...



Like I said...quick and easy with a lot of punch!  I'm thinking that I need to go back to Mood and buy a couple more border prints because I'm loving this skirt!

...as always more later!


49 comments:

  1. Your skirt is beautiful and so unusual. Love it. Great pairing with the yellow twin set

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  2. I love that border print... that yellow sparkles.

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  3. Cute skirt, the print looks great down the side.

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  4. Oh this is fabulous! I am a sucker for a border print. I'd never think of orienting it this way. It looks fantastic and feels fresh and new.

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  5. What a great idea. Thanks for the inspiration. Again!
    -Sewingelle

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  6. Great skirt and lovely use of a border print. They are always so seductive.

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  7. You are so clever! Looks terrific.

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  8. Fantastic skirt - inspires me to do a similar thing with lace. Thank you!

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  9. Dear Carolyn - this is another "Oh, WOW" you have made. What a lovely Christmas Gift for your dear self!!!

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  10. Carolyn that is gorgeous! You fill my head with ideas.
    thanks again!

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  11. It wonderful when your inspiration meets the right fabric. Great skirt.

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  12. oh, this one is so lovely! very nicely done! :)

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  13. Beautiful! I always love when a simple designs shows off a beautiful fabric.

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  14. I love the border placement. Genius!

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  15. It's an amazing skirt. I love how you not only show your inspiration piece, but explain how you got it! Thank you. g

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  16. I love it. I need to jump on this trend too :)

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  17. Beautiful! A very clever use of the dramatic print.

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  18. Wow - The skirt is really nice. What a great idea you had!

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  19. Beautiful skirt....of course, it would have made a pretty blouse too! Thanks for all the great posts.

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  20. You are killing me, the skirt is a terrific idea. Now when the dust settles I will have to attack my piece of that fabric, but really I think you have nailed it.

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  21. This is so cool and such a unique piece! Great job, girl!

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  22. Beautiful! Rather simple when you think about it, but absolutely brilliant.

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  23. That's pretty. You've used the border in a different way. Good job.

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  24. Wow! Who'd'a thunk it would work out so well? And it Did!

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  25. Brilliant! Thank you for sharing your genius with all of us. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  26. It is not a secret that skirts are my favorite garment to sew, I love your border skirt and the color of the cardigan set with the skirt is awesomeeeeeeee!

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  27. BTW, is there any colour you DON'T wear? just askin'

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  28. This is such a gorgeous print, and such a clever use of the border print, it looks fabulous!

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  29. Beautiful! You made me want to make this so much. I wish I was going to NY this weekend. I cannot do that so instead of search JoAnn for something that I know they will not have I will be make a trip to Boardman to Hancock Fabric and hope I can find something there! Thanks for sharing your inspiration with me.

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  30. Oh! Gorgeous! Off I go to look online at Mood! You are such an inspiration!

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  31. Pretty skirt and like it paired with the yellow twinset.

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  32. Oh, oh, oh! I just love this!

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  33. wow I love that, great use of the border print.

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  34. Haute! I would love to have that whole outfit!!!!!!!!!!

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  35. Love this skirt and your styling.

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  36. Nice interpretation of a border print. I really like the pairing of your skirt with the mustard twin set.

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  37. I am loving the skirt too, Carolyn!

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  38. Great Job
    I wis you would have taken the back in a bit under your rump- to give the skirt more shape- Show your curves- the skirts is a bit too blocky for me....

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