This time around I loved the look of this particular skirt design and I already had the perfect fabric in my stash. So I made up a linen Fibremood Ezra midi-skirt. The sleek shape fits nicely with my love of narrower silhouettes and classic lines with interesting features which I spoke about in this post, when I discussed Kibbe.
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My gorgeous fabric is a remnant that I picked up from Clothspot a few weeks ago. It’s the softest linen and has lots of my favourite blues and greens in, plus a little bit of taupe too. Perfect for a stylish summer skirt.
There are only four pattern pieces to Ezra. Two main skirt pieces plus two waist facing pieces. There’s a side seam with invisible zip on the right and a side front seam with some gathers and a slit on the left. An unusual style but impactful. I was a little short of fabric and I had to chop about 3”(7.5cm) off the length and I also had to join a piece on the very top section of the right front because of how the shape is cut longer for the gathers. You have to really squint hard to spot the seam so I won’t tell if you don’t 😉
I made up a size 38 and my hips measure 38”(97cm) but I ended up with very small seams over my upper thigh/lower hip area, so I think I might size up or add a smidge more at the hip if I made it again. It’s quite a fitted style so measure the pattern pieces and check before cutting if you prefer a bit more ease.
Now, I know that you always expect me to tell you about some change I made to the pattern, or some different method that I used in my sewing process (you know me too well 😉 And you’re absolutely right. This time I decided to completely mount my fabric pieces onto a fine, sheer cotton lawn lining.
I cut out both of the main skirt pieces in the cotton lining and either basted or pinned the lawn to the fabric, smoothing as I went to make sure they were both perfectly flat. All markings were made onto the cotton on the reverse and then I just sewed up the seams treating each piece as if it were just one layer. The beauty of this method is that when you want to sew the hems and slit facings in place you can just catch your stitches into the cotton lawn layer and no stitches can be seen on the right side of the fabric at all. Such a clean finish.
I sewed in the concealed zip using the method mentioned in this post of mine and the waistline has just a simple interfaced facing along the inside. I love how unbulky this waist finish is.
And there you have it. I’m very happy with how this turned out and it feels super comfy to wear.
I ended up styling the skirt with my Claudia tank (Just patterns) because the colour of my tank is the same as the little bits of taupe in the fabric, but from a distance, I’m not convinced it looks quite right as the taupe in the skirt doesn’t show up enough…I need an ivory or greeny tone with it instead. Anyhoo, I know I’ll get a lot of wear out of my new make. Hope you like it as much as I do. X
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Thanks for the tip about underlining.
I should do that more! Agree that the taupe doesn’t really show up in the print from a distance. It can be so difficult to tell until you take photos. I’ve been looking at furnishing fabrics this week and I find it brain breaking to work out how a print will read from a distance.
Ooh, choosing furnishing fabrics can be so tricky! All prints read differently from a distance. I’m currently making a cream top and just had some green fabric arrive for a couple of tops that’ll go so much better with my skirt.
Beautiful skirt, and flattering style! I like your sporty styling with slip-on sneakers: I would feel that a midi length means dress up, but I know that is old-fashioned thinking! I rarely wear skirts bc at 5’1″ (1.55 meters), a normal skirt length above the knee is roughly the same length as my best top length, so I am cut in half. I would like to find a way to wear skirts that is flattering. I mostly wear shorts, crops and ankle length pants, or dresses. Shorts are visually less blocky when one is short (light between the legs 😉
Underlining your skirt is a great and useful technique! Much less wrinkling of your fashion fabric, too.
How about pale green OR one of the blue shades for another top option?
Thanks, Joan! Midi skirts can absolutely be casual 🙂 I was just looking at the Massimo Dutti collections and saw many casual midi skirts in linen and I thought how fab they looked. It’s all about proportions though and not all lengths suit everyone. If you wear ankle-length pants I wonder about an almost maxi length skirt with a centre slit to the knee (for some light between the legs) for your proportions? Just a thought anyway… 🙂
Oh, and you read my mind about a shade for another top…I just received some green fabric.
I think I gravitate toward shorts bc my legs are better than my waist (a skirt that is longer covers more of my legs and my waist/tummy zone can look chunky, as well). Still hope to find a skirt style that works for my short bod: will check out Massimo Dutti!
I just love this skirt Diane! I love the ruching, the deep split and the fabric is gorgeous too. I’ve never bought Fibremood but I am seeing a lot of patterns from it that I like a lot and this is definitely high on the list. I will hop over to investigate 🙂
Thanks Kathleen! I love that ruching detail too and I discovered that I like side slits when I made my rib knit midi skirt. I think I would definitely make this pattern again.