I’ve had this fabric in my stash for about 3 years now and I originally got it from the swap table at Stitchroom Sewcial. It’s a textured, almost seersucker wool challis and I’d always planned to use a Vogue asymmetric drape skirt pattern from my stash for it. Time went on (doesn’t it always??) and I just never got around to it…until this week when it became next in the queue from my planned makes list.
The pattern which is dated 2002 is an old Vogue design. I found a few still available online… This one from Amazon.com and this one on Etsy for instance. The front drape looks interesting and the whole skirt apart from the yoke is cut on the bias.
Here’s the thing though…I only had what I guessed was about a metre of the fabric so some serious ‘Pattern Tetris’ was needed. I did it in the end, but with some compromises. The under-wrap section is pieced at the top third (though it doesn’t show as it’s out of sight) and both yokes have at least two joins in, which I did manage to match. The side seams, however, don’t match but as the angles on the seams are all a bit different due to the asymmetry, I may not have been able to get them to match perfectly anyway…so I’m cutting myself some slack on that one and allowing the misdemeanour 🙂
Draped Asymmetric Skirt: The Finer Details
As I mentioned this asymmetric skirt is bias cut. The back hemline angles down towards the left and on the front, the left side sweeps up underneath to the right side seam at the waist. The right front has an angled drape coming down from the waistline. It’s quite easy to put together actually.
I started off by sewing the side seams and then I did the long hemline which starts at the end of one front and finishes at the end of the other front. This hem needed to be small and fine. The pattern instructions said to press a ⅝” allowance, then fold under again and stitch by machine. Instead, I decided to hand sew all of this by just rolling it under my fingers and slipstitching with fine stitches. I think it makes for a much more delicate hem.
Next I made the yoke which is interfaced and lined and once that was done I finished off by sewing in a concealed zip down the side seam. Just before stitching in the zip though, I made sure to iron narrow strips of interfacing down the seam to prevent any stretching of the seam due to the bias grain.
A fancy label and some slip stitching to secure the yoke lining were all that was needed to complete my skirt. Apart from the slow start with the cutting out, it was really quite a speedy make.
For the blog photos, I’ve styled the skirt with my burgundy suede boots and a neat ribbed sweater.
There is a caveat to this post though…I’m afraid I really don’t feel like me in this make and I think it may be a style fail for me. The minute I put on the finished skirt for a final try-on I looked in the mirror and felt very ‘off’ and I could feel my mood drop. The slight ‘A’ line, the heaviness toward the hemline…non of these features feel authentically me. I suspect I won’t be reaching for it very much when I go to get dressed of a morning.
Funnily enough, I haven’t actually been reaching for any of my skirts to wear much within the last couple of years…with the exception of a jersey tube skirt which I really like.
For one thing, I’ve found skirts difficult to style for some reason, especially for matching up with my outerwear in a way that feels right to me. Now, I’m wondering if it’s the specific skirt shapes that I’m not enjoying.
Suffice to say that the process of creating this skirt has left me curious to analyse my core style and delve deeper into style in general which I’m finding really, really interesting. I’ll probably expand on this a bit more in my next post so stay tuned.
In the meantime I won’t be donating the skirt to charity or anything as final as that (I may be able to re-cut the style at some point) but I will pop it in a holding cupboard while I mull things over.
Overall I’m pleased with how it turned out and I’m glad I went through the creative process. I think we are continually learning and that can only be a good thing in my book 🙂
As always, thanks for reading and I’ll see you soon!
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