Thanks everyone for following along on my posts about my #epicskirt adventure: #1 (the wool), #2 (rayon bemberg lining), #3 (sewing a lining to a kickpleat), and #4 (attaching lining to the zipper, the waistband, square snaps, and thread chains).
Today you get to see the completed skirt, modeled! Yay!
Summary of materials:
- Thick textured neon (fluoro as per velosewer) wool: Elliott Berman, NYC
- Gray rayon bemberg lining: Vogue Fabrics, online
- Interfacing: Fashion Sewing Supply, online
- Gray invisible zip: SIL Thread, NYC
- Large Square Snap: Botani, NYC
- Small Square Snap: Daytona Trim, NYC
- Pattern: Simplicity 2154, a 1960's Retro pencil skirt
Sorry, the back is wrinkled from my commute to work.
I really took my time with this skirt and learned a lot along the way, as I shared in my previous posts. This skirt took 2 weekends for me to sew, but I really got into the process.
High-level lessons learned:
- Wool is awesome to sew and press
- Slippery rayon bemberg isn't as difficult to work with as I thought it would be
- Lining a garment really makes the exterior of the garment look good. I saw the difference after lining it.
- Using a RTW garment as a guide is super helpful.
- The only thing I would possibly change about this skirt is to miter the corners on the inside of the kickpleat. The RTW study guide did NOT miter the corners, and it didn't occur to me to do that until I read Peter's post about how to miter the corners of a kickpleat which was about a week after I finished my skirt. I was tempted to undo what I had done, but I am going to leave well enough alone.
Caption this photo
Styling a neon and gray skirt
I bought the shirt I'm wearing for $4 from a thrift shop in Princeton. My tights are also gray. I don't currently have any gray shoes, so I wore my navy blue shoes instead.
I would like to make a gray sweater knit top using S1283 as the base with the neckline and giant collar of the Sewaholic Renfrew. I think that would work too.