Once I saw other people’s SIT sewalong skirts popping up on blogs I decided that I needed to use up the last of my Prints Charming packs. All the different colour combinations were just too enticing! So here is skirt #3.
Once again I used a variation of the a-line skirt with yoke pattern I gratefully obtained from a friend. This time I made it a longer length, with a lined yoke, exposed side zip and bias bound hem. And while I was at it I made another one for my cousin Freya.
Freya and I often wear a similar size but she has a much narrower waist than me. I used the same pattern but continued the yoke curve up a couple of inches. Let’s hope that it fits her – it’s going in the mail this weekend.
The large pink/orange spotted fabric in the centre right is not from Prints Charming – I needed a teensy bit more fabric to make certain I had enough to piece the fronts so added this from my stash. I used stretch denim from stash for the yokes and backs of the skirts, which required a little judicious cutting and for my skirt, the use of a “design feature” with some exposed selvedge.
The yoke lining and hem binding was cut from quilting cotton, left over from Clare’s Christmas dress. The colours matched perfectly – it was meant to be! And for anyone who is inclined to add an external zip to their skirt, here’s a closeup. I suggest that if you are going to do this, you need to choose an interesting and/or substantial zip. Probably one with metal teeth rather than plastic.
After the yoke was attached to the skirt, I basted the side seam together from the waist to the length of the zip, then finished sewing it at a shorter stitch length. I pinned the zip on top and just top stitched it into place. Then I undid the basting stitches. Ta-da! The top of the zipper tape is sewn into the yoke lining, which was also top-stitched into place. So there you go – four Prints Charming SIT Sewalong Skirts – you can see version 1 here and version 2 here. Thanks so much to Karen for leading a marvellous sewalong and inspiring us to stop admiring our PC packs and actually make them into something!