When I tried on the muslin for the freebie skirt pattern that came with the Starlet Suit class, it reminded me of a favorite ready-to-wear skirt in my closet (seen paired with my Renfrew cowl here). I was dying to make it up in a rainbow of colors before my conference last week, but it turns out that properly preparing for a work conference limits one’s sewing time. But, once I was back from the conference and needed nothing more than some downtime to let all of the science sink in, the first thing I did was pull out the pattern and a fabulous Carolina Herrera red Italian linen-rayon-silk blend that I received from Mood this month. Within hours I had this skirt.
The linen has this lovely texture to it that really gives it some life. Mixed in the multiple layers of red is also a little bit of natural linen. I think the little pops of ivory in the skirt will pair well with the ivory of my jacket. Eventually. And, it being a linen blended with rayon and silk, it doesn’t wrinkle quite as badly as linen typically does. Win, win!
After a day of wearing this skirt out and about, it definitely does remind me of that favorite skirt of mine. Plus, it’s flattering while still allowing for enough flexibility to easily bike commute to work.The pattern has already been tucked away someplace safe for future use. I may yet make that rainbow of skirts…
Even though this skirt came together quickly, I still went through my typical effort of trying to “sew well”. I handpicked a side lapped zipper. I attached the waistband with invisible fell stitches. I attached the hook and eye at the waistband with the perfect little knots I learned from Susan Khalje’s The Couture Dress class. I serged all of the seam allowances. I reinforced my hand stitches by coating my thread with beeswax where needed. The only shortcut I took was to machine blind stitch the hem. I figured the machine stitches would get lost in the nubby fabric, so why not?
I even added a full lining using ivory silk crepe de chine, also from Mood. While it’s my favorite little detail (funny how we like the little things that no one else is going to see), it does contain the one major mistake I made. I cut the lining out using the exact same pattern pieces as the red linen, thinking that I would just shorten it later. Then I didn’t. Instead, I just turned up the hem twice and stitched along the top fold. When I held up the finished skirt, there the lining was just barely peeking out from underneath the fashion fabric. My solution: turn up the hem on the lining one more time and stitch along the new top fold. There’s an extra line of stitching from the original hem, but my guess is that I’m the only one who will ever notice.
Now, which color to choose for my next skirt?!