I love skirts. There. I said it! I could make skirts all day long and I have just completed another three - two have made it for this quick shoot.
The first up is a straight skirt that is slightly pegged at the hem (Simplicity 7623). Rather than put a vent in the back, I extended the bottom hem and centre back seam (similar to a godet) which gives me the circumference I need for walking ease. Oh, and it is flippy - and I love flippy hems! The waistband is elasticated, the skirt is lined and has a lace trim to the hem. The fabric is a super drapey crepe and is matt, no shine at all, and will see lots of wear!
Next up is a fitted tartan skirt made from a length of Royal Stewart (I think) wool/poly fabric that I have had for a gazillion years. I put in an invisible zip - in red, call me a rebel - and the skirt is lined with a lace hem. I sewed the lining down along the vent so that it does not show through.
I matched up the checks up horizontally, and should have paid a little more attention to the vertical as well. Ho hum. Next time! I wore this to work last week and received lots of lovely compliments. Very nice indeed!
And so on to fitting. Following on from yesterdays post about a muslin that I had sewn up that I thought did not look flattering, I received an offer of posting the photos so that suggestions could be made by the lovely Carolyn to improve the fit. Well, who am I to turn down that kind of offer? So here we are.
The pattern has already been adjusted to account for an FBA as well as a sway back. From the underarm to the hem, there is no shaping - just a straight seam.
And finally - this is how a finished version could look with a cute RTW cashmere cardigan, which frankly, isn't bad! The length, I would probably shorten it somewhat and I did not put a zip in this version as I can just about slip it over my head. 'Real' versions would certainly have an invisible zip!