Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Knipmode A-line skirt



Look! Living proof that there's still some sewing going on chez Foxgloves! And it's a first, as I've surprised myself by making an A-line skirt. I can't remember ever owning one before. My skirts are either pencil skirts, half or 3/4 circle skirts or flowy gored skirts. Why not try some other styles?
When I saw the line drawings of an A-line skirt in the Knipmode December issue I remembered an end of the bolt piece of fabric that was waiting for the right pattern to come along. It's a mix of velvet and shiny jacquard roses and it was a dream to sew.




The only picture of the skirt in the magazine was this one:



Not very helpful, to say the least. Fabric suggestions were a bit confusing. The cutting layout shows the skirt is cut on the cross grain of a non stretch fabric. Yet stretch lining was advised?? I could not think of any reason to follow that suggestion, especially as the only stretch lining I can get locally is the thin, clingy, inferior quality that doesn't go well with tights. I had some nice Bemberg lining in the stash that looked much better. Last change I made was to go for a black velvet waistband, instead of the pattern's faux leather. Much softer to the skin!




When you end up with some giant roses on your bum, pattern matching is a must. Even when there's not much fabric to work with. It kind of worked, and the lapped zipper is well hidden too. Hooray for busy prints!



On the left you can just see the black bias tape I used to hem the outer shell. The lining could have been a tad longer, don't know what happened. Slight miscalculation I guess. On the right a close up of the lapped zipper. I hardly ever do this anymore, but for once I obediently followed instructions and I'm glad I did. Invisible zippers usually are my first choice, but on heavier fabrics the good old regular ones are a safer choice.
The fit of the skirt was spot on, I didn't change a thing!


Happy moment. No changes!

When I use Knipmode patterns for a pencil skirt I usually have to change the hip curve, the drafted hip curve sits too low on me. No need to do so on an A-line. The skirt length, 62 cm, is the original length of the pattern. Knipmode drafts for 172 cm and I'm 173 cm, but from the picture in the magazine I could never have guessed that is was over the knee! (By the way, those are not bra straps. It's a shirt by Dutch designer Mart Visser with a double neckline band for special effects in front and back)

So. Now I'm the owner of my first A-line skirt. What else can I do with it?

Casual, with a cardigan and boots



Dressed up with a jacket

What's the verdict? It's comfortable, the pattern was flawless and quick to make. I'm not sure about the A-line being the best shape for me, here's the same jacket paired with a pencil skirt, but let's see what I think after wearing this new to me style for a while.
I can think of more combinations to try out but this is as far I got before it started raining again.


Window dummy look. Just unscrew the arms to give her a different outfit ;)

 That's all for now. I'm going back to the Donna Karan jacket I cut out last night, more on that soon!

15 comments:

  1. Very nice skirt, Marianne. The fabric is lovely. I am a recent convert to A-line skirts. I didn't care for them at all, but now I have several.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Who knows, maybe I'll become a convert too!

      Delete
  2. Your skirt looks good. I found my just right A Line skirt in a Vogue pattern and I return to it again and again.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's nice to have a good pattern for woven skirts! No surprises regarding fit, ready at hand when the perfect fabric comes along!

      Delete
  3. Beautiful fabric and I'm sure this will be a very versatile piece in your wardrobe.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks! Test driving going on right now!

      Delete
  4. Replies
    1. The fabric was a steal as is was end of the bolt. I only had 85 cm, and it worked. So even in more expensive fabric this skirt won't break the bank!

      Delete
  5. Gorgeous skirt! It looks great on you!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks! I also finished the Knipmode knit pencil skirt that I wanted to review for the CSC. Coming your way whenever I can find the time to take pictures!

      Delete
  6. One of the things I like about A-line skirts is that they are easier to walk in, sit in, and climb steps in - and no need for a back vent. Yours is lovely and versatile - what a great addition to your wardrobe!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, I agree. The idea of making a back vent in this fabric was steering me away from a pencil skirt. The fabric weight being on the heavy side, and I doubt if I had enough fabric for it. Sometimes your fabric tells you what to do ;)

      Delete
  7. It's fantastic! It's nice to try a different style - I've been surprised by both sack dresses and jumpsuits of late!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes! I love your latest sack dress! Somehow your blog dropped from my reader, fixed now!

      Delete
  8. Your skirt is lovely... Love the fabric

    ReplyDelete