Today, I bring you a silver skirt made for last night’s Christmas party.
My friend and I recently attended the Selvedge Winter Fair at Chelsea Town Hall, whilst there we admired the rack of samples from the Makers Atelier which included a skirt made out of the same material as this (we also admired the raw edged coat and bought the pattern which will be the subject of a blog post as soon as I get around to sewing the buttons on).
The fabric comes from Ditto, I think I may have had the last metre as it’s no longer on their website, but it is still available in gold. I was a bit nervous about sewing with PU but actually it’s very straight forward. Ditto say you can iron it on a cool iron, but I must admit I found it quite difficult to get any reasonable creases (also it was very smelly!). It has a slightly tacky surface so I found that right sides together I could sew it without any pins.
You will know from my last post that I was uncertain of how to hem it. Catherine suggested just cutting it, which is how most of the silver skirts you see in the shops are finished, however I was a bit worried that the fabric might be a bit light. Alice‘s preferred method was also cutting it but suggested that copydex might work, which in the end was how I finished it. Applying copydex to the hem of a pencil skirt is not as easy as it sounds and I am not sure it really was the best decision, particularly as I was doing it half an hour before the party started!
The pattern was made up from my block. As the fabric is very stretchy I made separate waistband pieces for the front and back sections which made it easier to reduce the side seams to get a good fit.
I can’t imagine that I am going to wear this a lot but it was fun and quick to make, and I received several compliments.