"Can I use an A-line skirt pattern with a border print? I have a silk border print and an Indian Sari with a beautiful woven border. I haven't tried border prints and I am terrified to mess them up!"
|This illustrates why I would not use a simple A-line skirt pattern on border print fabrics. |
The border will be cut off by the curved hem in an unappealing way.
anon, who asked "why aren't you underlining the skirt? Is it because it will affect the drapey-ness of the fabric?"
Answer: Yes, underlining will change the hand (the drapey-ness) of the fabric, but no, that isn't why I chose not to underline. I was more concerned about the hemlines of the lining and the skirt and I want them to hang freely. It's possible that the fabric will continue to settle over time, much like a building settles into the ground. If the underlining fabric settles a little differently than the outer fabric, I don't want any droopiness between the fabric and underlining happening to pull anything out of alignment. Maybe this fear is irrational (this isn't the leaning Tower of Pisa, after all) and it would have been fine, but - that was my call on this one. Plus I thought it would feel pretty and fluttery to have the dress and the lining swishing around separately.
The dress is almost finished now. This progress shot is already outdated, as I continue to sew:
|In this photo, the dress is basted together for a fitting.|
|in Kuala Lampur, where it's hot and humid :)|
|in London where it is not hot and humid :D|
|the zebra is a souvenir from Bangkok|