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Date: 11/22/11 2:46 PM

At our PR Day swap, I acquired a big piece of purple corduroy (~ 2.5 yards, 60" wide). I'm thinking of making a skirt out of it, so I googled "corduroy skirt" and found this interesting style:

Bias cut skirt

I'm thinking of taking my TNT gored skirt pattern and trying to duplicate this. Not sure about the welt pockets, but it seems like it would be pretty easy to do otherwise. The pattern has four pieces (center front and back and side front and back), so I was thinking I could just place the pieces on the bias, adding center front and back seams, to create a chevron look.

My other thought about this was to underline each piece with some smooth material (maybe Bemberg) and do flat fell seams so there are no seams showing on the inside. If I do this, should I cut the lining on the bias, too? (Underlining because I think a free-hanging lining would be bunchy and annoying to wear.)

(Other thought: would a long purple corduroy skirt put me into totally dowdy territory?)

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Date: 11/22/11 3:47 PM

I have to admit I like the extra seams that turn the front into a 4 section front. Seems to give it a classic trim look.

There are several online articles about what to wear with purple and how to dress it up or down. It's a classic that often gets ignored.

No comments on the lining. I've either made closer fitting corduroy skirts with a bit of lycra or looser ones without. No linings in either and they stayed sharp looking all day. I do love a lined skirt though. Would you prefer the extra control in the underlining if you had the 4 section front instead of a 2 section front?

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Date: 11/22/11 4:06 PM

I was thinking of lining it so the skirt would hang smoothly over tights or stockings. It's a nonstretch fabric, so cutting on the bias would add a little give to it.

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Date: 11/22/11 5:08 PM

I'd make that skirt but make it shorter. No longer than knee length. I think you are right: you would be seriously flirting with "dowdy" in a long corduroy skirt. Even bias cut most corduroy doesn't have the kind of hand that lends itself to the graceful draping that a longer skirt needs if it's not going to look matronly.

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Date: 11/23/11 2:24 AM

There's a skirt like that in an early issue of Ottobre Woman - although it was knee-length and maybe just two front and two back pieces. In any case, it was designed to be made from corduroy cut on the bias.

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Date: 11/23/11 11:27 AM

After looking at the pattern pieces again and laying them out on the fabric, I think I will only have enough to do the center pieces on the bias. Maybe I could just underline those to stabilize them (lining on the straight grain?) and leave the side pieces unlined? I will definitely do the flat fell seams with topstitching in any case.

As for skirt length, for some reason knee length just looks all wrong on me. I love my mid-calf skirts -- they seem to balance me out better, and they are so comfortable.

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Date: 11/23/11 2:22 PM

I love mid-calf length skirts too! And my 20-30 something daughters think I look very stylish in them (and they would definitely tell me if they thought I looked dowdy!). Actually I don't think it's so much the length of the skirt that makes it dowdy, but the style of the skirt, whether it complements your shape, and what you wear with it.

I have a skirt pattern that has a center panel that can be cut on the bias or not, as you choose. The pattern says that if you choose to cut the front panel on the bias, "the ease and flex of a bias-cut fabric would change the fit. To eliminate this problem, simply interface the bias-cut panel with a light-weight tricot fusible interfacing."

You certainly don't need a lining, but if you don't want tights/leggings hanging up on the fabric, and if you don't want to have to deal with a slip then I would line the whole thing (lining on the straight grain).

Just my 2 cents. I'm sure others have some great ideas that may work even better.

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Date: 11/23/11 8:32 PM

Harriet,

I love that skirt! i wish there was a pattern out there for it!

Nora :)

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Date: 11/23/11 8:50 PM

I had some lavender corduroy a while back that was cut on the bias. It was so drapey! But silly me, I wasted it; couldn't wrap my mind around what I wanted to do.

As to your question about lining on the bias, by all means, do so. Mostly because you want the lining to hang the same way the skirt does. If you cut it on the straight grain, it won't flow with the skirt. And if you stitch it as underlining and on the straight grain, it won't give and would probably make the corduroy bubble or curl.

My thought about the long skirt is you won't look dowdy because you are stitching this in a chevron pattern, which is more contemporary. But I love Folkwear Patterns, and they have a walking skirt with a suggested fabric of pinwale corduroy. picture here

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Date: 11/23/11 11:56 PM

Yes, that's almost exactly like my skirt pattern!

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