You know I said I had a day of dressmaking a couple of weeks ago and I made a skirt from scratch and finished a top? I shared the top – now for the skirt!
Of course I used my trusty Tilly Walnes Clemence Skirt pattern!!
I chose it not only because I like the pattern/style of skirt – but because of the fabric I wanted to use. I’ll show you a photo then explain…
The fabric was given to me by my Granny who had a good clear out of her fabrics and linen cupboard(s!) The reason behind that isn’t too nice, because she isn’t well (cancer) 😦 But every cloud, hey… I got more fabric to play with!
So this was one of the gems – a soft medium weight cotton (I assume) with a lovely harbour/boats/sea design – it looks like it’s painted.
It wasn’t “flat” fabric; it was actually sewn up into three panels, with a very neat lapped zip in one seam. Unfortunately that was metal and old or else I would have incorporated it into my sewing. Of course I asked Granny if there was a story, and yes – it was a skirt in a previous life and she “must have only partly taken it apart to recycle!”
So I’m wearing a skirt my Granny wore…!! Vintage lovers, eat your heart out! 😛
The pieces were slightly narrower than I usually make them, as I was limited by the quantity of fabric between the seams. But I think it’s still gathered enough! I also made it longer than I made my others, and I like it. My others were as long as I could make them with 1m of fabric, but I had more choice with this one and used nearly the whole length!
You can just about see the length in that photo ^^ … sorry I didn’t have any help with the photos!
I didn’t think about pattern matching – I wouldn’t have been able to fabric quantity wise – but I don’t think it matters too much with the gathered style.
I like my concealed zip 😀 Nice and neat at the top. And I stitched in the ditch rather than slipstitching the waistband, as it is always quicker! (Odd colour zip; it was that or black!)
Overall, really happy with it. Thanks, Granny!