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On trend midi skirt

I think I talked about making one of these back in December, and lo and behold I did finish it before the winter was over. Actually I finished it in early February, wore it to an evening work event, it was fairly appropriate attire. I just didn't take pictures until now.

This was the inspiration: this year midi skirts are back, and neutral / camel was a good winter color. The summer trend seems to be soft pastels, so I'm actually making this again in this cotton from Mood for summer.

This is Vogue 1357, now out of print, which I previously made in red lace. I didn't really change much about the pattern, other than increasing the waist a bit, since I was never very happy with the previous version - it was too tight. Now, though, this one feels a bit loose, so I might take in the side seams again for the next version.

This is truly a winter skirt - I don't own one pair of shoes other than boots that work with it, although I guess some smart flat shoes would work. Except I kind of associate those with ... older age. Maybe I need to go shopping, and I might find something. :D

This is made in a medium wool suiting that I bought in Romania last winter. Sadly, the weave is actually quite loose, which I didn't realize when I started working on the skirt, so I didn't underline it, which I should have. This wouldn't be a problem, except I'm quite unhappy with the hem. Due to the lose weave, I can't do a heavy hem, I can't catch stitch a lot and also being wool, I don't really want to topstitch it. Currently it's catch stitched in some places, but... meh. It doesn't work that well.

This skirt does have some amazing lines, you can do soooo much with the line drawings:

I handled the waist like too much, and didn't stay stitch so it shaped out of shape. Being wool, I managed to make some progress in fixing it by steaming, but the back still looks rather.. gathered rather than darted in places. My previous version didn't have this problem, so it must have been me. You live and you learn, I guess. I've been much more diligent in stay stitching with both the blouse I posted about last week, and the blouse I will post about next week, both of which I made after this skirt.

I set in a lapped zipper (although I think the pattern calls for an invisible one?), because I like lapped zippers in skirts. I used this free Craftsy class for the zipper insertion - it's very clear how to do it. I topstitched the back & front yokes, because I thought they looked nice topstiched. For example, the front-to-back transition is a beautiful slanted line.

Finally, it's lined in bright yellow silk habotai. A very happy color, perfect for the winter blues. For the waistband, I changed the pattern, and did a waistband with facing instead of folding. I mostly did this to reduce bulk, and I also put in grosgrain ribbon inside the waistband for support. I attached the waistband facing (yellow habotai again) with fell stitches:

As you can see in this picture, it's fairly drapey, which is lovely, especially in this high wind we have these days around Zurich:

I really like this skirt, although I think I could have put my sewing skills to better use with it. I sadly only managed to wear it two or three times before it got too warm outside (although, given the weather now, I could easily wear it this week!). I will wear it a lot next season though, even if it probably won't be in fashion anymore by then.


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