19.8.12

Patrones skirt with tucks

This is my new, favourite skirt.  It is a long time since I have had a "favourite", but I am really loving this.  I don't often wear neutrals, so it took me a long time to work out which tops to pair with the skirt, but it turned out that some of my more recent creations were suitable.

I wore it to lunch last week with my plaid top.  I meant to put on heels, but I have been crazy busy lately, and I only had 5 minutes to get changed from my painting clothes and had errands to run after, and I could not bear the thought of heels.  I think it goes okay with flats anyway.




The front of the skirt has a series of horizontal tucks and darts and the back is perfectly plain.  The pattern is from Patrones Especial Otono no 308, 14. Falda Blanca (I won this magazine in a giveaway by Home Made Couture.  Thanks Jacquie!).  I did type in the instructions for google to translate, but I still wasn't sure how they intended the tucks to be sewn.  Some I did as darts and some are tucks and some are tucks top-stitched into place.

 
I have been really pressed for time to sew for myself lately, so this skirt was sewn in 10 minute bursts over about a month.  I was a little bit naughty and used coloured carbon paper to trace the pattern directly onto my fabric.  I cut a Sz 44, with wide seam allowances as a bit of security.  I had to let the side seams out a tiny bit.  My fabric is very stretchy and I suspect that the skirt has a little negative ease to hold the  tucks in shape.  I also scooped out the front waist a little, which is a typical alteration for me.  Only I forgot to adjust the waistband accordingly and had to stretch it a little to fit on the skirt.  Not perfect, but not really a problem in this fabric.

I had to redo the attachment of the back waistband and facing a few times to get it neat.  In the photo showing the inside waistband, you can see that I eliminated the seam allowance on the waistband facing for the overlap.  I had to do this because the fabric was quite springy and the turn under-ed seam allowance was very bulky.


Initially I was not going to line the skirt, because I have had trouble with stretch linings before.   Then I was having trouble with VPL, even though the fabric is opaque.  I'm not sure what the fabric is, as it was part of a remnant bundle from Emma One Sock.  I have only once managed to score a fabric bundle from Emma One Sock, but I have had a lot of fun with the bundle I did receive. 

I was undecided whether to add a complete lining, or just interline the skirt back.  Eventually I went with the complete lining, but rather than let it hang loose, as per the Patrones instructions, I decided to attach it at the hem to prevent the lining riding up.  The lining is a poly satin from Spotlight.  As I mentioned earlier, I traced the skirt pattern directly onto my skirt fabric.  I also mentioned that I was sewing in 10 minute bursts, which makes it difficult to maintain concentration.  So it is not surprising that I did not notice that Patrones had already reduced the length of the lining pattern, compared to the skirt.  This meant I did not have enough length to sew a jump hem, without making the skirt shorter.  I did not need the skirt to be shorter, so in the end, the skirt and lining are attached and the skirt is not hemmed, it just hangs where the lining lets it, much the same as a bubble skirt.  Again, a little bit naughty, but does not seem to be causing me problems.


Now for some of my other pairings with the skirt.  The next day I kept the shoes and grabbed a RTW top for a more casual weekend look.

 It also works with my minty top.
 When the weather gets warmer, I will be able to wear it with this tank.
 Possibly with $2 vest from the op shop that I have been meaning to take in, and so have never worn.
 I could pair it with my boucle jacket, though it feels all a bit too feminine for me.
 More of an evening look with this top from several years ago.  It also does not get worn much, so it will be good to be able to pair it with something new. 

There is probably more that I can match it with, when I dig out my summer clothes, but that is enough for today.  Of course, most of you will think that these garments look pretty summery, but mostly, the fabric content makes them too hot for my summer. 

19 comments:

  1. I think this is absolutely fantastic! This is a skirt I would wear and wear and wear and wear... The tucks at the front are so interesting and stand out beautifully in that solid neutral fabric.

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  2. You've created a winner and a workhorse based on the range of tops that you can wear it with. I love it!

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  3. This is a really interesting skirt. I am sure it will be very versatile.

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  4. This skirt offers endless possibilities in your wardrobe - just love it...

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  5. Very interesting details and perfect for a plain fabric otherwise they would be lost - viva la fashionista!

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  6. Lovely skirt and so many ways to wear it! I have traced this pattern months ago, so nice to see it made up with such good results. I too was wondering how the pleats/darts had to be sewn and my uncertainty about that is the main reason I did not make it yet. Must get the pattern out again.

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  7. Fabulous skirt - the colour and style makes this a very versatile skirt. I love that you can wear it during the day or night

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  8. It is a terrific skirt, really flattering and a great, wearable colour, but with some detail interest. It looks wonderful with all the tops.

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  9. Great skirt the detail keeps it interesting, the colour makes it versatile!

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  10. What a great skirt - love all the tops you've paired it with too. It's a great addition to the wardrobe.

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  11. Gorgeous skirt, even in a neutral (: It's cute with the orange flats, and also looks fairly versatile.

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  12. That's one pattern you've just completely sold me on. I LOVE the pleats and cannot believe how great it looks with all those outfits!!! I'm sure it helps that you have lively legs to go with it, but I'm hoping some of that skirt fabulous-ness will rub off on me! :)

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  13. Cute and incredibly versatile skirt! I am always inspired to try new outfits of my own clothes after seeing yours.

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  14. I love this skirt - basic but not basic at all. It is sucn a versatile colour too -it must go with everything just about. I also love your orange shoes - they look cute but comfy too and a bright and cheery colour to match your beautiful tropical surrounds.

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  15. This is a home run! You can really wear this with everything. The color is neutral but the tucks in front make it not boring at all.

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  16. Lovely skirt Katherine. The pleats are really interesting and definitely work best on a neutral. Nice pairing with your tops.

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  17. Lovely skirt.
    This you can wear with everything.
    Linda

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  18. This is such a neat skirt. The neutral color makes it so versatile and those pleats make it memorable! Nice!

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