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Date: 7/12/14 4:21 PM

Sorry that their zoom feature is keeping me from putting the image here.
J. Jill crinkle maxi skirt
J. Jill perfect pima cotton t

I want to make something similar using cream silk for the skirt and a woven brown silk georgette for the top.

I'm thinking the skirt is just a simple pull on skirt with little or no shaping. I've looked at a ton of patterns wondering if I should use a gored pattern or just make up a simple pull on out of two rectangles. I don't have a ton of cream silk to make mistakes with so I don't want to mess this up.

I need something dressier to wear in case we have to go to the funeral home (last time I went in jeans and yeah - there were a few raised eyebrows.).

I'd appreciate any advice and or pattern recommendations. I was thinking of self lining the top but it is so hot here - I may just make bias strips from the silk and bind the edges. Since that top is a knit, I think I need to find a pattern that's meant for a woven and that has a slouchier fit.

If you are good at giving advice on what to zone in on when looking at an inspiration outfit, perhaps that would help other beginners too. I can't believe I'm having problems figuring out if the skirt has any shaping for example. Teach us!!

One thing I have learned - easy patterns with the finest fabric I can afford usually means better results (especially if I get the fit and proportions right).

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Date: 7/12/14 4:55 PM

The upper section of the skirt is hidden by the long top. So, who knows what it looks like underneath (sorry my q key is stuck). It leads me to believe the waistband is not very pretty.

I like Vogue patterns, but I only buy them during a club sale. I like v8818, it's a very simple skirt that shows off the fabric.

The problem with two rectangles (also called a dirndl skirt) is all the bunching around the waist. It just isn't flattering on most figures. The shaping in the V pattern is much nicer.

Knits and woven fabrics drape differently. Even wovens on a bias will not stretch or drape the way a knit does. My suggestion would be to look for a knit top pattern and a nice knit fabric, try fabricmartfabrics.com They are very helpful if you have a q about any fabric just ask them.

Technical info Woven fabrics have Weft threads that run Weft to right (selvageto selvasge) and warp threads that run the length of the fabric. So even when a woven is tipped on the bias, it will NOT hang evenly because some threads are running weft to wight and the others are going warp speed down the bolt.

As for facings, bindings, etc... the right choice depends on fabric and pattern and common sense.

If you have already chosen your fabric, there's two options. One, experiment. Make your chosen pattern out of a bias woven fabric and see what happens. I think a better choice is to set aside an hour or so to browse the 'net and look for t or tank patterns designed for woven fabrics

I have never made a Scout Woven T, but it is a popular pattern. Not a tank, but might be a good starting point.

Ok back to the waistband on the skirt. Much modern RTW has elastic sewn directly to the fabric to form a waist band. Myself, I am an old fuddy duddy and prefer a casing with elastic

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Date: 7/12/14 5:23 PM

Thank you for sharing so much info! I think your choice is very pretty (pictured below).

I'm having to sew from my stash right now so that's why I'm specifically looking for something to work with the silk I have.

I have been looking on the net and actually need to go through my Burda magazines too. There's probably a basic shell that I could use in there somewhere.

You are so right to tell me to experiment. I need to get the fabric out, play with it and let it tell me what it wants to be.


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Date: 7/12/14 7:09 PM

Just a note, if you choose to reduce the waist/shape the panels to eliminate bulk, you will still need it to be just a tidge bigger than your hips to pull on, otherwise you would have to put a zip in to get it on and off.

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Date: 7/13/14 3:19 AM

Nice skirt. One of the reviews gives away that there is a double layer of fabric. It must be very soft and drapey. I think that a wide yoga band would be a good solution, because It appears to me that in the last picture the hem is considerably lower than in the other pics. I think that the embroidery suggests that there are two square or almost square . The skirt is not very wide

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Date: 7/13/14 7:35 AM

I agree with the others that the skirt looks like a pair of rectangles with an elastic waist, so should be simple to duplicate. For the top, the Colette Sorbetto top, is pretty close and free from the Colette website. Just make sure you use drapey cotton blend fabrics for the same effect.

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Date: 7/13/14 8:11 AM

The shell top rather reminds me of this that I made last summer, view B.

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Date: 7/13/14 9:00 AM

That's a nice outfit. Just use the outfit as inspiration, the color combination, the flow of the skirt the looseness of the top, i.e.

I was just browsing on McCalls site and here's a skirt that looks totally similar, you should be able to easily find a pattern.
http://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m6567-products-22758.php?page_id=113

I've never made the Sorbetto top, but that might be a great place to start.

I'll be excited to see what your outfit looks like. I need to use fashion inspiration more often.

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Date: 7/13/14 4:20 PM

This Kwiksew skirt has a similar look without as much bulk at the waist as it's paneled. I made it a couple times and highly recommend it.
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Date: 7/13/14 5:24 PM



Gosh that's it (if it sews up like the illustrations).

eta: I read your review and you nailed what I was looking for. I think I'll make it self-lined - the more I thought about this outfit, the more I realized it needs to be a bit dignified to do duty at a funeral home, etc.

Thank you!
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