If you have been reading my blog for a while, you have probably noticed my enthusiasm KnipMode magazine. Their patterns are practical and modern, but they are also suitable for tall girls. This is love! I spotted several interesting patterns in their March issue and started working my way through this midi-skirt pattern, which I eventually transformed into two ankle length skirts: one made from bright orange linen and another one from cotton waxed print. Both receive a lot of compliments and are now indispensable for the cool Irish evenings. For somebody, who was not sure about ankle length skirts, these have become a new staple.
I don’t mind tracing magazine patterns, but this one was a bit of a puzzle to me. Only when I started carefully reading the instructions (using Google translate), did I realize that the pattern consisted of three separate pieces, which after being traced, had to be taped together into one bit. Phew! The result is that the skirt consists of the same main piece, used for both the front and the back, two pockets and a belt.
The next challenge came with the pocket insertion. The pattern features two in-seam pockets and a side zip, but I could not figure out how to insert it. Since my attempts to translate the instructions were fruitless, I called Marianne to the rescue late one night. However, before she came back to me the following morning, I figured out how to attach the zip to the in-seam pocket.
For the waistband, I used my favourite construction method, highlighted by Susan Khalje in this Threads Magazine video. I’ve been using for a few years now on most of my woven skirts and can’t complain. Some hand stitching is involved in order to attach the waistband to the wrong side of the garment, but I could do that forever, it does not bother me at all. What I really like about this particular construction is that the waistband does not stretch and creates a solid support for any skirt.
Now, as I am sewing less and drawing/painting more, I have become more aware of my next sewing projects. Furthermore, having nailed two skirts using the same pattern in the course of a week, I find this exercise quite practical. For my next project, I may come up with a pair of garments again after carefully researching and thinking it through.
P.S. I am really saddened by George Michael's death! This year took lots of great artists :( R.I.P. George!