Saturday, July 23, 2016

A Simple Skirt

Since I am working on creating slopers for pattern-making, I have been sewing up simple basic pieces to test the slopers which actually are turning out to be quite versatile since I can combine them with many garments already in my wardrobe.  In this case, I had left over fabric from my white pants, enough to make a simple straight skirt.

Self drafted skirt.  The top is Vogue 1247 (out of print) in silk crepe de chine.
As with my pants, I decided not to add pockets so as to avoid them from showing through to the right side.  I also used the same waistband technique I used for my white pants where I cut the facing 1 1/2 inches wide, folded under 1/4 inch and topstitched.  This results in a clean waistband finish that looks like a countered waistband.  I think this will be my waistband technique go forward for white or light colored pants and skirts.  I inserted an invisible zipper at center back.



The beauty with pattern-making is that once you have a sloper that fits you, just about any pattern you draft from that sloper will fit nicely.  You only need to tweak the garment to account for fabric variables.


I used hem tape at the hem for a nice polished touch.  


I believe this ensemble is one of my most comfortable for those hot summer days.  

Happy sewing!

32 comments:

  1. Very cute - love the waistband technique !

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    1. Thank you! Ready to wear fits me poorly but it often uses innovative techniques that can be duplicated in home sewing.

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  2. Hurrah for the self drafted from sloper garment! It fits great, looks great, and is worthy of the beautiful finishing techniques.

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    1. Thank you Barbara. I like adding extra finishing techniques. It my view it makes the garment special.

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  3. Your skirt fits perfectly, slopers look amazing and I wish I had one, finishing looks super neat too

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    1. Thanks so much Lynsey! If you are interested, I believe Craftsy.com has some classes on developing slopers (Suzy Furrer I think) and they have gotten high reviews. Worth checking out if you have the time.

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  4. Love the waistband technique - I think it's a great finish for any pant or skirt, not just light colored! I'm enjoying following your sloper journey - thanks for posting!

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    1. Thank you Janee! You are right. This waistband technique could be used on all types of fabrics.

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  5. That top looks fabulous on you, you made it fit perfectly. Love the combination

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    1. Thank you Connie. It's actually one of my favorite tops. Very lightweight and comfortable.

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  6. Love the entire outfit! A white straight skirt will go with a multitude of tops and it looks lovely and cool too. Your blue top off sets it beautifully. Such a nice outfit.

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    1. Thank you Dawn. Yes, I agree with you...basics always extend the wardrobe.

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  7. Wow! I love the basic skirt! It really goes well with blue top and the necklace:))) It's stylish and chic.

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  8. I've been thinking about making a white skirt since last summer but never did! Your skirt looks fab!

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    1. It's never too late...thanks Kyle!

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  9. You have a wonderful fit on your skirt and the blouse is gorgeous. I'm in the process of making a pants sloper myself. It's a long process seeing that I don't know pattern making or drafting - but I am determined to make a sloper.

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    1. It is totally worth the effort Faye!

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  10. This is one great basic! A true staple of any summer wardrobe. Perfect outfit!

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  11. White skirts are the best <3 Super cute outfit!

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  12. That is a great white skirt! And I'm sure you're getting a lot of wear from it in the hot humid weather we're having!

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    1. Thank you Carolyn. Most definitely I am!

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  13. Slippers make life better. Nice fitted skirt!

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  14. That style and fabric combo are perfect. I need this sewing patterns!

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    1. Thank you so much! It is a pattern that I made myself. However, it is a very simple design I am sure you can find in the big pattern companies.

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