I’m so excited to share this skirt with you. I’ve been sewing for about four years and I think this project takes the cake. It’s the nicest thing I’ve ever made. It’s a combination of beautiful fabric, a great pattern, and the ease at which this came together.
I bought this beautiful silk fabric at Textile Fabrics in Nashville about six months ago. The people at Textile Fabrics were very kind and I had a good time fabric shopping there. They told me about a sale that would be happening a week from the date I went there, and when I told them I was just in town visiting they let me take 40% off of any fabric I wanted, anyway. I thought that was really sweet so I decided to treat myself and I bought this silk fabric along with some others. Sadly, I’ve recently learned that Textile Fabrics is closing their doors. It’s such a shame that independent fabric stores are becoming a dying breed in America. It’s just not as fun to have to buy all your fabric needs at the local Hancock.
Anyway, the fabric cost me a pretty penny so I had been scared to actually cut into it and make something out of it. However, I’ve been seeing beautiful midi skirts pop up all over pinterest and I think that was the inspiration I needed to just finally cut up this fabric. Here are some of the skirts I had been pining after online:
I bought McCalls 6706 hoping it would do the trick:
I made view D in a size 14. I made a muslin and the fit was spot-on. The only alteration I made was to change from a size zipper to a back zipper. The front and back pieces are essentially the same and you are instructed to cut on the fold. I cut the front on the fold but the back piece I added 5/8 inch seam allowance where the fold is supposed to be and cut out two separate pieces. Easy enough. A back zipper just makes more sense to me.
I also added an underlining even though the pattern doesn’t call for one. I hand basted the underlining to my pieces (luckily there are only 3 pattern pieces). It was time consuming but the end result was worth it. I underlined with a white cotton batiste. It added the perfect amount of body and volume.
I also serged the side seams together but used a regular sewing machine to attach the waistband. I used Heat n Bond hem tape to finish off the hem. I didn’t want to stitch my hem and blind hemming by hand just seemed like too much work. This did the trick nicely.
I’m really proud of the end result. I also enjoyed photographing this project, so bear with me
I’ve got a little bit of this silk fabric leftover, so I’m toying around wit the idea of sewing a matching crop top via Burda 6970:
Do you think that would be too much? Taylor Swift thinks it’s a good idea: