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Date: 12/13/12 7:39 PM

I live in Alaska and I have been pondering making a polar fleece skirt (a-line to my knees) for added heat over thicker tights, leggings, Jennings..and such. I have been trying to find a pattern or just searching the net for anyone else who has made one, but haven't been able to find anything. I have seen a couple of maxi skirts in polar fleece but I am not interested in that look.

Would it be possible to make? Is polar fleece like sewing with knit fabrics on how you handle it? Any ideas of pattern I could use or should I just try to draft my own pattern (I am taking a class over at Craftsy on making an a-line skirt with my own pattern hoping it could help me out)...

I don't want to just buy the fabric and end up with an unwearable skirt..hoping for some tips.

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Date: 12/13/12 9:35 PM

Be sure to use an anti-static fleece.

Walking can get irritating, if not painful, in pants or skirts that are shocking you with every step.

If your weather is damp, you might be okay. Illinois winters are DRY and Yikes! You'd light up a dark room here!

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Date: 12/13/12 9:42 PM

You will need to line it or it will creep up you leggings. I have lined fleece (not skirts) with wicking knits.

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Date: 12/13/12 10:31 PM




I think that one really looks great, though that short probably not all that warm, but a whole suit of polar fleece might even be fun.Notice they bound the edges of that one off, instead just turning them under. I think that helped the look a lot. And made it look more expensive. It probably was really expensive too!

Some things I would be thinking about are the longer it is, probably more warm. And also that I think polar fleece is not as warm when the winds blows and passes though it, as if under some other more windproof garment instead. But they make more wind proof and lined/bonded to something else Polar fleece now too. Also that sometimes it's not that super great for abrasion resistance, and might pill, if you were sitting on it a lot, on a rough surface, but I think the better more expensive Polar Fleece does that, pilling problem thing, just a whole lot less also, than the cheapest kinds. I think a-line shaped or one of those more pencil skirt types, especially with curved seams would be good, just because darts for shaping might be a bit thick in Polar Fleece.

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Date: 12/13/12 10:39 PM

That picture was from Lialia by Julia Alarcon in her Fall 2010 collection here, if you want to see other views of it. I have been admiring it for a while.

http://www.lialiacollection.com/fall%202010.htm

They don't actually say what the fabrics are there, for any of those outfits, but that one, sure looks like Polar Fleece to me.

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Date: 12/15/12 8:07 PM

Thank you everyone! I might have to rethink this some...not sure what to do.

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Date: 12/15/12 9:50 PM

REI has the Winterflyte skirt. I have been thinking about making something like this too. I'm wondering if a fabric with more wind resistance than regular fleece would be better. We have warming sun all winter here in the Colorado Rockies and that helps a lot in the daytime but when the wind blows brrr, and it often does here, then i wish for an extra butt warming something to put on. PR member Cabinbaby showed Nike dry flex on her blog a while ago made into running tights here. That fabric sounds great. She is in Alaska too.

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Date: 12/15/12 10:07 PM

Wouldn't an anti-static polyester lining work?

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Date: 12/17/12 0:43 AM

A friend of mine has an RTW polar fleece a-line skirt she wears in our mild winter. It has machine embroidery on it which is really effective with the texture. It's lined, i think with just a woven lining as fleece doesn't actually stretch that much anyway. The only advice I can give about sewing with fleece is to brush out your machine regularly, change needles often, and if top stitching or embroidering, use a double strand of thread so it doesn't get lost in the pile. My friend's skirt has fusible interfacing under the embroidery. I say go for it. Unless the fleece is super expensive, what have got to lose? But do take the tip about the anti-static!

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Date: 12/17/12 0:44 AM

Also it might be worth checking cabinbaby's blog twoontwooff.blogspot.com, she lives in alaska and sews lots of cute skirts.

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