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« on: November 16, 2010 10:48:46 PM »

Lately Iíve felt that thereís a gap in my wardrobe: a durable skirt that works for biking as well as out-and-about, something durable with scissor-sized pockets for work, and in a versatile color and fabric for year-round wear. Iím really happy with the design of this skirt, which I feel is vaguely utili-kilt-y, but in a good way.



I used a grayish-lavender stretch denim twill from Fabric Planet. As is my habit when working with denim, I used the ďwrongĒ side of the fabric so that the tell-tale diagonal weave is on the inside of the skirt.


The skirt is made out of four panels, with a waistband that dips down to a button placket in the front and two lined back pockets. Iím really happy with the stretchiness of the fabric in the waistbandĖit is so comfortable! I used an elastic lace as hem tape, which work surprisingly well. I stretched the elastic slightly as I was sewing it to the cut bottom, which pulled in the flair of the skirt when I flipped the hem up. There was no bunching or gathering.


I sewed the buttonholes by hand because I usually donít like the way buttonholes turn out on stretch fabric when I use my machine. All the stitching is done in a fuchsia thread that gives the skirt a bit of a kick.

The only drawback Iíve discovered is that this fabric is a lint magnet. I canít just brush off the inevitable threads and clippings that I generate on a constant basisĖinstead I have to get out a strip of packing tape. This isnít really a big deal, but itís something for me to consider in the future.


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« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2010 08:18:21 AM »

Oh I LOVE this skirt!! Purple is my favorite color and skirts are just too much fun. This looks really well made, great job! *scampers off to see if I have any purple fabric half as awesome* Did you use a pattern? or did you do this freehand? draft your own pattern?
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« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2010 08:40:41 AM »

Good job!  It looks lovely on you, I like the purple button holes especially!  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2010 09:52:00 AM »

Oh I LOVE this skirt!! Purple is my favorite color and skirts are just too much fun. This looks really well made, great job! *scampers off to see if I have any purple fabric half as awesome* Did you use a pattern? or did you do this freehand? draft your own pattern?

I usually just free hand my clothes. I make patterns for staples, like a jersey tee or a long-sleeve shirt that I can modify easily so that the pattern's not repeated throughout my wardrobe.

I'm really happy with this skirt!
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