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...
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!