May 072012
 

I recently completed a few skirts that I would like to show to you.  The first is from the book Sew Serendipity, and I treated myself to a copy of this book after successfully graduating from my other sewing book.  This book features foundational patterns for a skirt, blouse, tunic, dress, and jacket, and then illustrates how to create many different styles to each of those pieces.  This is the first pattern from the book, an A-Line Skirt with contrasting fabric.  The pattern also calls for some ruffle appliqué work, but without a ruffle foot, my ruffles looked horrendous and I decided to omit them.  I did, however, add pockets and I love the finished skirt.

As for the fabric, the brown fabric is reclaimed from my Pilgrim Skirt, which I have become less fond of as my sewing skills have increased.  I do hereby vow to never make for myself another elastic waistband skirt!  A fitted waistband, especially with interfacing, and a zipper closure is, by far, a more flattering skirt construction than just cinching it around the waist with elastic.  In preparation to make this skirt, I employed my seam ripper and took apart my Pilgrim Skirt and pressed the edges flat.  The fabric was sufficiently plentiful to cut the fabric for this skirt and I am much happier with this use of the fabric!  The contrasting fabric is some Amy Butler fabric I picked up at fabric.com for about $9 per yard and I only used about half a yard.  I bought the rust colored version used for this skirt and the grey and mustard colored version in that link.  I thought it would be fun to combine the two different colorways on something, though I know not what.

I think this is a more sophisticated skirt than some of the other skirts I’ve made, but the contrasting lower hem and pockets add a touch of fun whimsy.

Pattern: Appliqué Skirt from Sew Serendipity by Kay Whitt
Fabric: Reclaimed Brown Linen  & Amy Butler Cotton
Notions: Invisible Zipper
Total Time: 3 Hours
Total Cost: $5 for fabric, $2 for zipper

The second skirt is Simplicity 2655 View B and I bought this pattern at one of the $0.99 pattern sales at Joanns.  This was a stashbusting project to use up more of my Tutti Fruiti fabric   You might recognize the blue fabric with butterflies from my Rocket Science Skirt and the floral fabric along the hem (and also the waistband, which I forgot to photograph) from the muslin for my Capped Sleeve Blouse.  I’m calling this skirt my Flutter Skirt because the lower hem has a nice flutter that I think is really pretty.  I’m planning on working another version of this skirt in a non-children’s fabric sometime.

The pattern came together quickly and easily.  The main body of the skirt has six pieces, three for the front and three for the back, that become wider along the length of the skirt, and then ends with the flutter portion at the lower hem.  There is also a nice fitted waistband and a zipper closure.  I had wanted to add pockets, but didn’t have enough fabric.

PatternSimplicity 2655 View B
Fabric: Tutti Fruitti (stashbuster)
Notions: Invisible Zipper
Total Time: 3 Hours
Total Cost: $0.99 for the pattern & $2 for the zipper

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