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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Self Drafted Jersey Maxi Skirt

Now that Easter and my visitors are out of the way let's get back to sewing & blogging.

First up I am jumping on the maxi skirt bandwagon with a jersey self drafted version.  Self drafted actually sounds a little grand - I started with 2 rectangles and shaped the waist and hips until the skirt fit and stayed up and then pondered what to do with the waistband.

Then by some magical coincidence Melissa over at Fehr Trade posted her elastic waistband method which was perfect for my skirt.  The only change I made because I wanted to have a clean finish on the outside is that I omitted step 4 in her excellent tutorial and just stitched the facing down by stitching in the ditch at the side seams.  I expect this could be very annoying in a pair of running leggings but for a casual skirt it should be fine and if it isn't I can always go back and stitch it down later.



The fabric is a really nice quality jersey I picked up in the local fabric market that was originally made for White House/Black Market, at least according to the printing on the selvedge.

Seemingly anytime I make something very summery the sun disappears so once again we have to use our imagination (and the lightening button on iphoto) a little here!









23 comments:

T. Sedai said...

Oooh, I love the print! Isn't it amazing how those of us who sew have total and complete control of the weather? I made a raincoat and it didn't rain for two months! Then I made a lightweight spring/summer cardigan and it has been cold and rainy non-stop. Yup, it is official - the weather is controlled by the output of home sewing machines!

velosewer said...

Great print. This skirt is stunning.

Susan said...

You are rocking that printed maxi skirt. Great job!

janessewandtell said...

Lovely fabric and lovely skirt

Rachel said...

That is really pretty. I have yet to make myself a maxi dress or skirt, but I feel that it will be happening soon.

Amanda S. said...

Great looking skirt. I, too, have just come around to liking the maxi trend.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Cute skirt and I love the fabric choice!

alethia said...

Awesome skirt

Victoria said...

Super cute

MAD14kt said...

NICE!!!

Melissa Fehr Trade said...

With a wild print, it always pays to go with a simple shape. I'm so glad you found my tutorial helpful, and I'm even more pleased you made it your own with your own variation! :)

Lisa said...

That's a great skirt.

coffeeaddict said...

Great fabric choice. I also love the lenght of the skirt.

Gail said...

Alison, there is a wow factor here. You will be amused to hear that my future son in law was in Hong Kong last week. I asked him to buy me some silk to make my daughter a dress. He came home empty handed claiming that he could find a fabric store...men!

Nancy K said...

Lovely skirt. I am a sucker for black and white and this is a very nice print.

Goodbye Valentino said...

Beautiful skirt Allison and thanks for the link to the elastic waistband tutorial!

The Slapdash Sewist said...

I really like that! It's pretty much the perfect width/volume for a maxi skirt. Too much and it's early 90s, too little and it's mid-80s. This is just right.

Catherine Daze said...

Very elegant. I love the fabric print.

SEWN said...

Ohhh, I have to make one now! Did you do side seams or just one CB seam?

Phebe said...

and may I ask you how wide is the skirt at the hem?

j.kaori said...

Very elegant!

themateriallady said...

Lovely skirt Allison. I love the print (and the shirt - did you make that?)

Clio said...

Great skirt! I agree with the Slapdash Sewist - it's just right!