Thursday, October 21, 2010

A Gathered Waist Skirt That Works!‏

I couldn't get the idea of a full skirt for fall out of my mind.  I again used Butterick 5285, but this time cut 4 inches off each side.  I used a lightweight wool from an Ebay seller who said it was from a Liz Claiborne factory in Fall River, MA.  It's a lovely, soft fabric that lets off that great wooly, sheepy smell when pressed.  The wool is much more drapey and lightweight than the stiff cotton poplin in my first version, so this one actually worked.




This pattern doesn't call for a lining, but I wanted to line it since the skirt's wool.  A commenter helpfully said that she lines gathered skirts by making folds (pleats) in a self-drafted lining.  I dropped the lining in, matching up the side seams, and made folds until the lining was the same size as the skirt. 



The waistband is then stitched over top of both layers.  I was intimidated by the thought of how this would work, but it ended up being SUPER easy.  (Thanks, Slapdash Sewist!)



I wore this to the office with this JCrew cropped jacket and pointy heels.  (The shoes are the Nuncio from Nine West.  It's the perfect dress shoe!  The heel is high enough to give that sexy lift, but short enough to be comfortable and walkable.  I have 2 pair, and ordered a black pair on sale from DSW yesterday!  I'm all about buying in pairs [or triples] when I find something I love.)





18 comments:

Tasia said...

That's very cute! What a great neutral (and comfortable) wardrobe basic - love it!

Sheila said...

The skirt looks great on you and agree what a great neutral basic. I looooooooove Nine West Nuncios and currently watching for an animal print to go on sale.

didyoumakethat said...

That is a really lovely autumn outfit. Looks so snug.

Linda said...

Nice looking skirt! Glad the wool fabric worked well for this skirt.

Faye Lewis said...

How very cute! It reminds me of a dirndl skirt I once made -which I loved by the way. Yours is a well suited neutral that has lots of possibilities. I can see it paired with navy too.

charlotteauzou said...

This looks really good on you. The camel color is a good choice.

Peter said...

Nice job! I love camel. Don't forget to tell people you made it!

Clio said...

Wait. Did you just say that you ordered shoes from DSW? How did I not know that they sold on line? IS this something new?

OH, the skirt is GREAT! Now for some shoe shopping...

Eugenia said...

Wonderful skirt! This is such a fabulous wardrobe basic - it's very on trend but also looks classic and extremely elegant. The fabric looks perfect - it drapes so nicely and the colour is going to co-ordinate with anything and everything. I bet you will be wearing this a lot!

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Looks great--it is hard to find a gathered skirt that works, but the distribution of gathers on this really works.

gwensews said...

That looks very nice, and the jackete is perfect with the skirt.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Cute skirt! Isn't it wonderful when the idea, the pattern and the fabric all work together!

Kristina said...

I couldn't leave without telling you that I'm super-super impressed with what you're doing over here. What a great challenge! I'm a clothing designer, so I absolutely dig this kind of thing! For being a beginner, your doing extra, extra AWESOME!
Kristina J.

Uta said...

I love the skirt! I think the combination with the jacket and the color look very "current" (been on a fashion-magazine binge recently...)

Angela said...

Cute outfit~!

amber said...

Great skirt! That color is perfect for the season and cutting down the width makes is perfect for the office.

I've used SS's method for the lining, too and it's just perfect. I'm glad it worked out for you. :)

Cennetta said...

Your skirt is a very nice compliment to the cute jacket. Looking good in the office, no doubt.

Anika Sweetfaced Style - Self Worth Activist said...

Hi, I love this outfit! I also sew most of my own clothes, or at least rework them :) great to see others getting greative too :)

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