You may recognise the fabric from this post. Yep. I made a skirt from curtains….and I love it. This fabric is a vintage screen print by Wemco entitled “Antibes” and was way too nice to use for home furnishings! It’s the perfect weight for a skirt like this.
Construction wise I used the waistband from View C with the skirt construction from View A. I hand picked my zip (I just can’t seem to get a decent finish with machined zips!), used black bias on the hem and waistband; and black fabric from my stash for the pockets and waistband facing. I also lengthened the skirt by about 1.5″.
I opted for pleating instead of gathering the skirt along the waistband. Again, I just can’t seem to get a pleasing effect with gathering and nine times out of ten my gathering thread breaks, which just ends up p****ng me off! I might try sewing my gathering stitches by hand with a stronger (embroidery?) weight thread and see how that goes.
The pattern didn’t call for a bias finish to the top of this waistband and to me it looks a bit obvious that it isn’t supposed to be there. But my feed dogs decided to chew up the fabric a little around the zip. Cheers for that! (I guess you never know how a fabrics gonna behave until you get to sewing with it) So I used the bias to disguise it and protect it from any more fraying. A shame, but there we go!
Overall a pleasing and straightforward pattern to work with. If anything I may cut a size smaller next time. I’m already pondering whether to use some denim I have in my stash for another of these OR maybe use it for a Ginger? Hmmmm…..What say ye?