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Posted on:7/14/14 4:27 AM
Project Photo:Self Drafted Pattern: 327640-1002 by Alpine Queen

Self Drafted Pattern: 327640-1002 by Alpine Queen  Self Drafted Pattern: 327640-1002 by Alpine Queen  
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Fabric:Cotton  [See other projects in this fabric]
After making my fitted blouse entry, I had enough fabric left over to make something else. I thought a skirt was more useful than shorts, but I didn't have a pattern that was what I wanted. I wanted a simple full A-line with no yoke, and either my patterns had a yoke or were too full for the amount of fabric I had.

So I cobbled together (there's now a new term for this action, I believe) several patterns to get (hopefully) correct curve and angle lines, as I'm not very daring doing my own thing (in the cutting and design area, I can sew up a storm, lol). It's nothing spectacular, but it used my fabric well, works better than I expected with other garments, and made me think about necessary details rather than just following directions.

I thought I would explain what I did for others who might want to try something similar.

Being a plaid, the first priority was to make sure my front and back were properly lined up, which also determined how full I could make it. As it was a thin cotton, I used as a lining some old white cotton (batiste?) I still have a large bolt of from a group project in the '80s.

I just put a simple lapped zipper in the back.

As there was no waistband or interfaced yoke, I knew I needed something to keep the waist from stretching out, but I've never made a waist like this before, so I had to figure out for myself what to do. I think some twill tape would have worked, but I used some seam binding-like ribbon (I can't find seam binding here). I pulled the ribbon a bit snugger than the fabric seemed to be at the waist, so the fabric eased a little, just like the skirts used to ease into the old waistbands. The ribbon is hidden in between the skirt and the lining. Once turned all right side out, I top-stitched the waist 3/8" for support and finishing.

This actually turned out to be a cute little summer skirt, exactly what I wanted, I did it with no pattern, and it worked! After also making a simple blouse trimmed in the same fabric, I have now used every single inch of that fabric; and can I say, I'm sick of it! But the combinations of different outfits I now have out of just these three garments will last me a number of years, I think, as they are classic looks.

I've included a few suggestions as to how these various pieces can all work together or individually as ideas for those who need large wardrobes. Not to mention adding in a red skirt I made 25 years ago and haven't worn much, or my new jean's skirt I recently made. I originally bought a piece of fabric for a shirt, making sure I had enough to match the plaid, and I ended up with three garments for the additional cost of a zipper. Sewing doesn't have to be expensive.
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RenataRath said...
Well done!
7/15/14 7:52 AM
Danvillegirl said...
Great skirt and good use of your leftover fabric!
7/15/14 5:15 AM
Sharonspils said...
Great skirt and you can have a lot of fun with it.
7/15/14 0:29 AM
jjhallum said...
Cute skirt - great use of leftover fabric. Very nice job!
7/14/14 9:49 AM
judypin said...
Your attention to detail really pays off - well done!!
7/14/14 8:56 AM
marec said...
Perfect matching! and the whole outfit is so cute.
7/14/14 7:43 AM
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