I have been planning the Anthropologie Knockoff, I swear. I’ve even drafted bits of it and starting to make a toile.
But I had this fabric cut out for a skirt even before I saw the Anthropologie dress and it really is the most delightful fabric and deserved to stay ahead of Anthropologie Knockoff in the queue.
I had some great suggestions from you about which side of the fabric to use and what style garment to make that would allow me to use both sides. I had just enough fabric to make a sleeveless straight dress but not a dress with sleeves or a coat. I didn’t need a thick sleeveless dress. Why didn’t I buy more than 1.5 m?!
In the end I made a simple straight skirt using just one of the sides. So I have enough left over to make another simple straight skirt. I guess I could make it with the other side and then I’d have that option too!
The match with this top is fortuitous. I thought I’d probably wear it with a simple black turtleneck and black tights but I’m pretty pleased with how interesting this pairing is too. He who Cooks has a good eye!
Pattern: BurdaStyle 04-2010-125, without the flounce or bow. A simple pegged skirt with a side zip.
Size: 36-44. I made a 42 waist graded out to a 44 at the hips
Fabric used: wool cotton double weave, reversible design. I interfaced it with fusible medium weight interfacing because it was a relatively open weave.
The bottom of the skirt with interfacing to the hem fold line.
I slashed and then hand stitched down the darts (I think reading Roberta Carr’s Couture book has had some effect..). The fabric is double weave and a bit too thick for four layers, but too open weave for me to be comfortable with the edges unfinished.
I overlocked the bottom edge, turned it up once and then hand sewed the hem. Having that interfacing to put your needle into makes blind hemming a cinch. Double weave fabric helps too!
The lining is a medium weight polyester satin, in blue. It didn’t get a hand stitched hem. Couture techniques only went so far!
I added grosgrain ribbon to the top as a waist finishing. My ribbon was 2.5 cm wide I used the edge stitching foot with the needle offset a little to attach the ribbon to the fashion fabric and to sew the inner and outer ribbon together. Sunni has a great tutorial on this technique and she uses petersham ribbon, which is better than using grosgrain, but I could not find any petersham in Adelaide in black.
Very happy with my invisible zip insertion. Can’t see it can you?!
I do like these colours together. Even if my wardrobe and I are the only ones who will see them..
So, do I need another skirt in the reverse pattern?
One will be enough, at least for now….I have other things that must be sewn…