August 14, 2013 by thepolishedbutton
I recently found some very cute toile du jouy linen fabric at a carboot sale, for the princely sum of 50p. There was only about a metre of it though, so I set my mind to planning a simple summery A-line skirt.
I made a very simple pattern (literally waist measurement, hip measurement and length, in a nice straight line on the paper!) After running up a quick toile, I decided it need a tad more shape, so I altered the waistline to create a yoke at the top, so I could then trim the seam with some plain piping. At this point I realised I had never made piping before, so accepted the challenge, and found it was rather easy. Some string, some homemade black bias binding and a long straight stitch on the machine later – voila! Some piping, and very pleased with myself i was too! (I followed this guide by Burdastyle if you want to try it yourself)
The skirt was a snip to sew together, and a zip at the back finished the job. The pockets were inspired by this post by A Fashionable Stitch, and I added some vintage buttons (of course) as a feature. For a quick and easy summer skirt, I think it turned out pretty well! (Although I only wore it twice before my waistline decided it was not going to be contained by mere linen…bring on the jersey waistbands 😉 )