Wednesday 27 August 2008

Patrones Issue 261, 50, DSA2 skirt - details

Here are the details and order of construction for the skirt I posted previously. This will be a very dull post unless you speak no Spanish and want to make this skirt yourself, skip straight to the next post if you don't fit into that category.

You can see all the garments in this issue here

Here are the line drawings and magazine photo for skirt 50. You can see that mine looks quite different due to the fabric, and also I left off the tie and tulle hem attached to a lining. There were blog discussions recently about using linen and I boldly stated that I never make bottoms out of linen because it wrinkles too much. Well I lied! OK not completely, I think you can get away with linen in this shape of skirt because there is no strain anywhere when you sit down so it's unlikely to bag out. I did cut the waistband on the selvedge to prevent stretching and also used Carolyn's tip of prewashing the fabric 3 times before using it, it really does soften it up and make it less prone to wrinkles.

The skirt itself is extremely easy as it has so few pieces and is a good beginner Patrones pattern. If you have made a skirt before this will be no problem. There is just one pattern piece for the skirt front and back and the waistband is just a strip of fabric. (Of course if you add the tulle there are pieces for those too). You need to join pattern piece 1 to 1A before cutting the fabric. The front and back skirt are both cut on the fold so you need 60' wide fabric for this pattern, or you can do what I did and cut it on the cross grain. Mark the pleats and you're ready to sew. Here is my order of construction;

Fold pleatlines and stitch as marked.
Press flat and topstitch either side of seamline to hold pleats in place.
Insert invisible zipper in left side seam, finish side seams
I added a lining here and stitched it to the top of the skirt before adding the waistband.
Attach waistband, fold at desired depth, fold edges in onto skirt under free seam allowance and topstitch around entire waistband, ensuring you catch in raw edge.
Add a hook and eye/thread loop to the waistband
Hem skirt (and lining if applicable).

Goodness I hope that makes sense to anyone who needs it, I have renewed respect for the BWOF instruction authors now!

1 comment:

  1. so cute! where do you buy patrones? I lived in Spain for years and would love to have this!