A trio of skirts

I have made a few skirts in the last couple of weeks, so in no particular order I will start with the brightest – another Miss Chalmers. This time she is bright and sassy, made from cotton/poly blend from the remnants table at Arthur Toye.

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I sewed the perfect zip, as I did it ‘properly’ and basted the seam and basted the zip in place. This five minute task made all the difference to a perfect zip.

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Can you see my bright yellow zip in here?

This time I added an inch in length as I find the length on my previous version borderline for my comfort.
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Nothing else to note except as I had already cut this out before I went on holiday it only took an hour to sew and finish.
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And then a photobomber wanted to be in my shots but not recognised.
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Next I made a black A-line for a friend, I haven’t sewn for my friends before…mostly cause I’m selfish. But my friend mentioned in passing that she couldn’t find a plain black A-line skirt anywhere. About a month later I asked if she had found one yet, so I offered to make one for her birthday present. From her Pinterest she gave me her inspiration, a Prada Skirt seen below.

PRADA SKIRT

I used Skirt-a-day sewing : create 28 skirts for a unique look every day to draft a skirt to her measurements. Except I stuffed up a little and I am glad I made a test version for her to try out. The skirt has 3 panels on the front and 3 on the back, using the dart line to make the panels. I wanted it to be a bit more interesting than an A-line skirt with just one front panel and a back.

A-Line skirt patternThe pattern pieces above show how it worked together.  This was my first time drafting a skirt for someone else and I was really happy with the result.  Again I did the zip ‘properly’ by basting the seam and basting the zip in place.  All of the insides were overlocked and the surprise inside was the waistband of kiwi cotton.

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It is hard to photograph a plain black skirt…but here you go
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The final skirt in my trio  was a modification from an op-shop buy. I found this “silk” skirt for $6 at Foxton Salvation Army. I’m not sure if it is really silk but it is light and comfortable and my size.

IMG_4600I cut 10 INCHES – not Centimetres – INCHES off the length, re-sewed the hem with a small turned hem and ta-dah – a light summer skirt – perfect for my Mum’s garden.

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8 thoughts on “A trio of skirts

  1. Look at you and your “proper” zips, what’s happened to you? It’s like I don’t even know you anymore 😉 Just kidding…I am actually planning to do my first proper zipper in a Belladone soon, I’ll probably need to ask for your help. I almost ignored the instructions and picked up an invisible zipper first but put it back for a dress zip instead, because different.

    A very nice trio and some unselfish sewing too 🙂

  2. I love all the skirts – it just confirms that Miss Chalmers skirt pattern is a need, not a want. Look how fancy your proper zip is! ROCK ON!

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