Sounds super simple, doesn’t it? Well, yes, but simple does not necessarily equate with speedy. The skirt in question is this one which I fit into my sewing queue as part of a group project in Susan Khalje’s new subscription sewing club.
Susan provided the pattern to all the members, and the choice of which view to use (if one chose to participate; no pressure in this club, only support!) was entirely up to each individual.
I chose the view with the waistband sitting right at the waist (View A), and decided to use a lovely, soft piece of vintage wool I found recently. As Susan provided video support for each step of the skirt, and answered questions online, I slowly worked through each component while working on my other projects at the same time.
Some of the members in the group have gotten very creative with their renderings of the skirt, but I chose just to keep it simple. I had already used this pattern once when I made my guipure lace skirt last year, but I tweaked the fit again and am now much happier with it. (And now I have a go-to skirt pattern.) One fitting tip that Susan shared was to make sure those side seams are exactly perpendicular to the floor. If they sway to the front or back, then adjustments need to be made.
The wool I used for my skirt was very lightweight, enough so that I determined the lining fabric should be as close in color as possible. Luckily I had a piece of silk crepe de chine in my “linings” box which matched perfectly. (I love it when things like this happen!)
I hand-picked a lapped zipper into the center back seam, and this small detail adds just a touch of class, in my opinion.
Even though my wool’s lightweight quality would have lent itself to a simple “all-in-one” waistband, I prefer not to have wool up against my bare middle, or my middle, clothed with just a layer of camisole silk between it and the waistband. So – I made a two-piece waistband with a facing out of the lining silk. Inserted into the band is a piece of Petersham ribbon, giving it support and shape.
The back slit of the skirt is angled in about a quarter inch on both sides, so that it hangs and wears with less of a separation.
Not too much else to say about this simple skirt, except that it was a very satisfying little project.
Actually there is one more thing to say – about straight skirts in general. They take very little fabric for most people – often a scant yard in a wide-width wool will suffice. Will there be more straight skirts in my future? Oh, yes. In fact, I already have a wool tartan remnant waiting for early 2019. But there is much to sew before then… not all of it so simple as this!