Well the temps are finally summer-like here, so over Memorial Day weekend, I made my version of the Ann Taylor skirt.
Worn with a RTW t-shirt
2 yards of cotton eyelet from the collection via Fabric Mart
2 yards of rayon bemberg lining from the collection via Michael Levine fabrics
5 yards of embroidered lace trim from Joyce Trimmings
1 yard of 1" non-roll elastic
Pattern- TNT 4 gore skirt pattern
My first challenge was to determine if I wanted the skirt lined or underlined. I went with underlined to make it easier to handle the seams. After the pieces were basted together and then serged to finish the edges, the skirt went together easily. I did add rayon seam binding to the edge of the skirt's waistline before folding it over to insert the elastic. I just wanted a clean finish on that edge.
The most important feature of the skirt is the lace at the hemline. To attach mine, there are three rows of stitching to keep it laying flat on the hemline. A lot of thread that's basically invisible but I felt necessary to keep the trim on the skirt. I love the transparency of the lace at the hemline.
Some Pictures of the Skirt ~
One of the reasons that I wait to take pictures with my daughter is because she makes
me so relaxed and keeps me laughing while we're doing this. Also she thinks
I'm beautiful and I think it shows in the pictures she takes!
I knew when I came across the skirt online that my TNT 4 gore skirt would work for interpreting this look. However, if you want to make one of your own and need a current skirt pattern to achieve this look, try this one:
Burda 6766 (Pattern envelope)
...or this one:
Both of these have the silhouette you would need to interpret the Ann Taylor skirt.
The best thing about this "simple" silhouette is that once again it had some details which made it interesting to sew. I can sew "fast and easy" but it doesn't satisfy as creatively as the more complicated sews do. This skirt will work fabulously in my work wardrobe with some slip on sneakers or it can be worn hanging out with friends with heels.
I wish I remembered how much the skirt cost because it's no longer on the website, probably in the $99-130 range, since that's an average of skirts presently on Ann Taylor's site.
My skirt totals are:
$30 for the fabric & lining
$40 for the lace trim
$5 for the notions
total cost $75
I definitely saved by making my own version but the important thing is that Ann Taylor skirts only go up to a size 14-16, so I couldn't have purchased this anyway. Even though this wasn't a cheap knock-off, I'm thrilled that I've found a way to interpret RTW and/or designer goods again for this stage of my life.
One thing though, because of the lining and cotton eyelet this skirt is a little heavy and warmer than my normal summer skirts. I know why AT showed this as a spring skirt now. I just couldn't wrap my mind around the fact that it would work in spring like temps. Now that it's officially summer weather here, this might not get worn until September, and I'm fine with that. Hey it gives me a new piece to start my fall wardrobe with...but it is the dangers of not sewing spring garments earlier in the year!
...as always more later!