Monday, May 19, 2014

Skirting the Issue

On Friday I got together with my sewing buddy, Linda, to participate in a skirt sew-along hosted by Stitched in Color.  The free pattern is by Anna Maria Horner and so is the fabric I used.  The pattern calls for a yard and a half of a lightweight fabric and an equal amount of lining fabric.  I used this gorgeous Anna Maria Horner voile, Field Study Cell Structure.  I wish you could feel it.  It is divine!  I bought it on sale from Pink Chalk Fabrics.  For the lining I used cotton batiste which I bought at my local fabric store.  It really worked well with the voile.

Basically you cut two rectangles based on your waist measurement and the desired length of the skirt.  You sew the rectangles together in a tube and then do the same with the lining.  You sew the feature fabric to the lining, right sides together, along the top.  Next, you sew four channels along the top where you will thread four pieces of 1/4" elastic.  This step is not hard but it is tedious.  The result is a wonderfully comfortable waistband that you can easily position where you want to wear it.  Then you sew a machine-stitched hem and you're done!

I love everything about this skirt!  The cute fabric, the lightweight feeling, the style, and the ease with which I made it.  I encourage you to look at the pictures of the other skirts and check out the pattern.  Try it!