Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Liesl + Co City Stroll Wrap Skirt

I've had the pattern for this skirt waiting to be cut for a while, but finally got around to it after my knit sewing spree last weekend.




I used a linen/cotton blend from Robert Kauffman and thought of lining it, but decided it was probably fine without. I made my own single fold bias tape (1" folded) from a cotton fabric I used for a (only partially successful) Colette Dahlia dress rather than cutting the facing piece from the pattern. I did think of using a large hook (rather than buttons), but was impatient to wear it and didn't have time to go and buy the right hardware, so I used snaps instead, which seem to be fine. 

It's been a long time since I wore my tops tucked into my skirts, but this one definitely looks better if I tuck in my blouse/t-shirt. After test-driving the skirt for a day, I can attest to the fact that it's VERY comfortable, and only shifts slightly as the day goes on. It is a bit shorter than I'm used to wearing, so I may lengthen it by a couple of inches next time. Then again, it's perfect for the weather in Singapore.

I made a straight size 10, but you can see that the waistband doesn't overlap quite as much as it's supposed to, so next time I might do a size 12 at the waist and grade it down to a 10 around the hips. Clearly I need to be more honest about my waist measurement...

Liesl recently wrote a great blog post about a 'core' wardrobe, and this skirt definitely fits into that category. I think I need a few more in some neutral colours! And next time I'll cut the hem facing piece - the wide bias was difficult to sew flat on the inside edge and I ended up having to take a few tucks as I sewed. It doesn't show on the outside, which is good, but I'd like a cleaner finish on the inside. My inner perfectionist is rearing its head...


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