Friday, 22 February 2013

Spring skirt- twirly whirly

 As promised, a skirt heavy post, a Lonsdale skirt.  Size 6 (USA sizing), this is a perfect fit for me, it sits low waist just bellow my belly button.  I am quite short in the body so I prefer a lower waist so I don't feel cut in half.  I cut the longest length on the size 2 hem as that was the best way to get a maxi length out of 2m of 58" wide fabric.  I cut the waistband lengthways instead of usual with the grain- again squeezing this out of 2m but as this needs to be firm having a bit less stretch was beneficial.  The huge bonus of this pattern is that only the waistband  needs to be tested- get the fit of that right and everything else should follow, no muslin needed.
This fabric is Melody Miller, Ruby Star Spring- light-medium linen blend, no lining.  My brother bought mine from M is for Make for Christmas, you can also find it at Eternal Maker.  It is a Spring weight- I have not been able to wear this on the chillier days this week- just too cold!  You can find the Lonsdale pattern here.
There is a lot of fabric in this skirt and I would really recommend using a wider width- more economical and a lot less wastage than a standard 44" width.  It would also cost a small fortune to make it with a one way print or pile- like corduroy for the same reasons, shame as it would be heaven in Chicopee cord.

Mmm swirly.  I should thank my photographer daughter for the booty shots.
The pockets are a dream, simple construction, great shape, french seams (details of which I found here) and the perfect size.  I am a pear shape, albeit a small one, and I find a bit of detail like these pockets really helps the look of a skirt over rounder areas.  Time for a pocket close up...
 I put a little detail: top stitching down centre seams front and back.
This also doubles as a way of finishing seams.  As all the skirt seams have an element of bias they won't fray easily anyway.  I have highly sensitve skin and sometimes even the threads of a serged seam can rub so I opted for pinking shears for centre seams,
And overlocker/serging for the side seams.  You can also see the hem here, a tiny double fold using this method which is great for a full circle skirt and there is only one line of stitching visible on the front.
I used an invisible zipper combined with the technique in the Colette Ginger skirt pattern which seams the waistband facing into the zipper.  A very wise tutorial on invisible zipper insertion can be found here.
I used a little lightweight iron on cotton interfacing for the zipper and it works like a dream.  The base of invisble zippers always seems a little vulnerable especially in an area that will get sat on and the interfacing adds a bit of strength and helps when inserting the zip for the inevitable unpicking- there is always some.
And as L and I were in the 'garden' (optimistic term for a tiny yard), Lottie had to be there too, she is trying to be good here, trying not to jump up and then she can have a big cuddle!
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30 comments:

  1. great skirt! And could your dog be any cuter? I think not!

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  2. Love this skirt! I love the MM circles and wish they had done it in the heavier weight fabric for bagmaking but now seeing your skirt I see new possibilities! It all looks so neat - v impressed with the zip - going to try that interfacing trick. Such a lovely skirt - you are going to get lots of compliments when you wear it out & about x

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  3. That is such a beautiful skirt! I've been hoping we'd get pics :-)

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  4. It makes quite a beautiful outfit...wonderful job!

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  5. Oooh, pretty! Hope Lottie got her cuddles after that :o)

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  6. Everything about this is great... perfect fabric choice :)

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  7. It's a beautiful skirt Kerry, it really suits you! Love those pockets!!

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  8. It looks fab! And very well co-ordinated with your cardigan ;-)

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  9. It's gorgeous!
    P.S. Lottie is soooooo cute!

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  10. Such a gorgeous skirt and your sweater matches it perfectly! Your little dog is so cute!

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  11. Love it! It looks great on you, and fabulous choice of fabric! But say, are you telling me it is spring over there? Not here, not yet.....

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  12. That skirt and that fabric seem like a match made in heaven. Lovely.

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  13. Looks fabulous - as does the whole outfit.

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  14. Fantastic skirt Kerry! Great pics too!

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  15. Lovely skirt....and a great fashion photographer.

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  16. Still love those pockets and looking forward to the day when my daughter can take such useful photos rather than those of the floor or sky!

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  17. Such a lovely skirt Kerry - here's hoping the sun comes out soon so that ou can wear it!!!!

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  18. Kerry, it's lovely and the pockets look perfect. Oh, and I just love the swirly photo.

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  19. Love the skiet, jealous of your hair (and yourr invisible zipmfitting skills) and hellloooo to the pupple!

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  20. Beautiful! Gorgeous colours too.

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  21. beautiful skirt - loving the swirl too

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  22. Beautiful amazing skirt! All the finishing is just perfect. One day I'd like to be able to match your garment finishing skills.

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    1. How funny replying to another Kerry! I couldn't find your email but thank you x

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  23. I love the skirt--great fabric choice. And you are just so cute! Wow, I wish I was small like you. Yes, I agree--amazing skills you have!

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  24. It looks absolutely beautiful on you, Kerry! The shape, the pattern, and the design - all fit you so well! I so wish I had your mad skills to whip up skirts like that so perfectly!

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