Everybody has a little denim skirt right? Everyone except me that is! and so, the solution – make one of course!
I found this lovey denim in Lincraft and bought it at one of their numerous sales – I can’t remember exactly how much I saved but I do remember being pleased at getting such a great bargain. And who doesn’t love a bargain! It is just plain old non-stretch denim. I find that since my thighs, rather than hips, are my widest point stretch anything just looks plain old yuck! (Purely a perspective issue I know!!).
While I didn’t want the skirt to be too fancy because I wanted it to be able to be worn with as many things in my wardrobe as possible, I did want a little something on it. Therefore, I decided to add a couple of pockets. I found these old zips at my local habby shop – I love the zipper pull, just a little bit different. The zipper insertion style is kind of a ‘welt’, with the pocket being inside the main body of the skirt. I have written a free tutorial on how to insert a zipper in this way here.
I have lots of fabric left over from my quilting forays, the greater majority of it small pieces and not really suited for dressmaking. However, small pieces are great for adding fun details to projects and a great way to use up my quilting stash. Of course, the added benefit of lessening my guilt over all the piles of quilting fabric languishing is not to be at all diminished or dismissed!!
I wanted to add some stitching detail to the skirt so I thought I would piece the front rather than cut it on the fold. Not easy to see in this photo, but I added some topstitching vertically parallel to each side of the front centre seam. I also repeated this stitching down the centre back seam.
My preferred method of zipper installation, in fact it is the only one I use now, is the invisible zip.
In keeping with my ‘guilt reduction’ philosophy and bringing a little fun into projects, I used some of quilting fabric and some premade bias binding from the stash, and created a faced and bound hem and hand stitched it down.
I know this skirt will get much wear and is already proving to be a great and versatile addition to my wardrobe.
Until next time, happy sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting and crafting ….