Sunday, January 22, 2012

Black Flippy Skirt

I struck while the iron was hot and sewed another 8-gored skirt right away.  This time I used a wool crepe knit and it is very Eileen Fisher-esque.  This version only took a couple hours from start to finish.



























I tinkered with the photos, but it is hard to see the design in this stretchy black knit wool crepe.  There is enough fabric left over to make a cardigan - wouldn't a matching cardigan add up to a nice low-key suit for the rare occasion I need one?  Yes, I think so, too!

The skirt is lined with black tricot.


Each panel of the skirt was hemmed before stitching the panels together.  This way the flare is a little more subtle than the tan skirt.  I loved the way the flares draped on the tan skirt before hemming.  That was a learning experience!  Once hemmed, the flares became very pronounced, and less graceful, so I made a mental note to try hemming before seaming on my next version.   As you know, black is so hard to photograph, so please take my word for it- the draping of the panels is very subtle & feminine.

And so- here we have a little home-made line drawing!
I added it to my new page for the 2012 SWAP, where I plan to keep track of my sewing as I go along, with little notes and tips in one handy place for later reference.   The purpose of this year's SWAP is to develop a wardrobe of patterns and I am excited to make it happen and cover all my bases.

Happy Sewing!

27 comments:

  1. I love flippy skirts! Yours is the perfect go to piece. Thanks for posting the tip about hemming, I'll have to keep that in mind for future skirts.

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  2. Very pretty and versatile! I'm working on a gored skirt right now. Must be something in the air...

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  3. Great skirt on you. So flattering!

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  4. I agree with the others...it is a very pretty skirt and beautiful on.

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  5. Hmmmm, very good tip that hemming before the seams go together. I made a gored skirt a few years ago and didn't much care for it after I hemmed. Plus the hemming was a huge pain. This is a great staple pattern. The matching cardi is a great idea too.

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  6. You look great in your skirt. It must be something in the air because I am hemming a black flippy skirt that I made yesterday. Thanks for the tip about hemming the skirt.

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  7. The fit is perfect. Great length - it's very flattering. I'm sure tihs will get a ton of wear.

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  8. Great little skirt. A cardi or jacket in he crepe would be great!

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  9. Very nice flippy skirt. Oh yes, a little black jacket to go with it. Perhaps with a flippy little peplum in the back.

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  10. You have the perfect legs to show off the skirt that you created. Very interesting design!

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  11. Love your outfit!

    http://alicecloset-sewing.blogspot.com/

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  12. It's always good to add another awesome basic to the wardrobe! You look great!

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  13. Love, love, love! Darling silhouette and so well made!

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  14. A perfect wardrobe basic...would love to know how you hemmed then seamed to make a nice clean finish where the seams join. Ver flattering fit

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  15. What a great basic, you will get so much wear out of this. That is a great tip about the hemming, I'll be sure to keep that in mind.

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  16. You look fabulous in the entire ensemble. And, yes, it's a very cute skirt! :)

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  17. Black skirts are wonderful - can't have enough of them. Love your blouse too. Did you make it?

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  18. The black skirt looks so good on you!

    I have a question: I almost never see linings in garments made of knit fabric. Why did you choose to line this? Maybe I've been looking at cheap knitwear?

    Nina

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  19. Lynneb, about joining the seams - first I used the sewing machine with a long basting stitch. I made sure the two edges matched perfectly. I stitched a couple of inches, then looked at it & ripped it out if it wasn't perfect. Then I followed up with the serger. I left the serged threads hanging so I could gently tease them apart and thread a needle. Then I hand-stitched those threads into the seam allowance nice & snug. This way I feel sure the seams will hold up over time.

    Nina, I always line my knit or stretch skirts and dresses with tricot so I don't have to worry about finding a slip in my morning rush to get dressed. The lining skims over tights and makes the garments hang freely.

    Thanks all for your positive feedback on my flippy skirt! The skirt itself is my reward, but the compliments are certainly welcome, too!

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  20. Hi Robin,

    This is a top combi!!!

    I wanted to subscribe by mail to the post of your blogs, but it is enabeld. Can you change this as the other ways to follow are not possible as I have a wordpress account.

    bye bye,

    Dorothé from Holland
    http://djaktief.wordpress.com

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  21. Dorothé, thanks for letting me know about the email subscription problem. I think it's fixed now.
    And thanks for reading!!
    Robin

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  22. What a super skirt! What is the pattern # and company? I need to make this skirt! Thanks.

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  23. Laurie S.
    Here is a link to a little more information about the skirt pattern

    Perhaps I will add a little tutorial describing how to create the pattern to my Flickr album.

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  24. I am so impressed that you drafted the pattern for this skirt from your PMB gored skirt. I also thought the double yoke in the back was a brilliant solution for a sway back. It is so attractive on you, and I can imagine the wool knit fabric makes is super comfy. A cardigan out of the same fabric is a great idea!

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