Modified Style Arc Indigo Maxi Skirt

Modified Style Arc Indigo Maxi Skirt

I loved my first Indigo made a couple of weeks back and I just had to make it again. However, I have modified my second Style Arc Indigo maxi Skirt and also I did actually go back and adjust my first version a little.

You see, I’ve realised that I’m not keen on how a back elasticated waist looks on me. It’s as though my flat bottom doesn’t fill out the fullness and to my mind, it actually appears to look even more flat-looking with the excess fabric. I decided to add in a back seam and a zip, replacing waist fullness with darts and creating a flat waistband. I love how my orange linen Indigo looks now and so that’s how I decided to make this new version.

For this skirt, I’ve used lovely ivory textured cotton blend fabric that has gold threads running through it which give it a slight shimmer as the light hits it. I got it from Good Fabric Store and it was my first time making a purchase from them. I’m sure I’ll be back for more 🙂 .

Having made this pattern before I knew that it fitted me well and it was easy just to plough straight into the process, but with one variation…that back seam and zip. I added a seam allowance down the centre of the back skirt, I shaved a little off the waist at each side at the top, and I created two waist darts. I then sewed in a concealed zip (tutorial here) and hey presto! A nicely fitted back skirt.

When my fabric first arrived and I unpacked it, the thing that immediately caught my eye was the lovely fringed selvedge. Never one to ignore lovely details, of course, I had to use it…it would have been rude not to!

To me, the obvious place for the pretty selvedge was around the edge of those large statement pockets. It was easy enough to just trim off the selvedge leaving a seam allowance and then slot it between the pocket edge and the skirt front. I carefully basted it in place before sewing and I’m thrilled with the result. I love cool details like that. And if you’re interested, I used a pretty selvedge on this long cardigan too.

Modified Style Arc Indigo Maxi Skirt
Pocket detail with selvedge trim

To finish the waist of my skirt, I just added a simple straight-grain binding and a hook and handmade loop for closure.

For the front skirt, I was lucky enough to find some fab ivory buttons in my stash which my mum had given to me. I didn’t want contrasting buttons so these were the perfect finishing touch.

Modified Style Arc Indigo Maxi Skirt
Modified Style Arc Indigo Maxi Skirt
Modified Style Arc Indigo Maxi Skirt

I couldn’t be more pleased with this make and it went together so speedily. I’m so glad I’ve rediscovered maxi skirts as they feel so elegant to wear. Plus, ivory is a main neutral for me so it’ll go with everything. PS: I’ve styled my skirt with my second Fibremood Zita Tank. It’s in a lovely soft viscose and is perfect for our current heatwave. You can see my first Zita here

Have you found any lovely selvedges to use on a sewing project? Tell me about it in the comments if you have.

As always, thanks for stopping by.

See you soon!

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  1. August 12, 2022 / 1:43 pm

    I just used a lovely selvedge too! This skirt is terrific, you will be able to wear it right through autumn if you wear it with boots. Terrific!

    • Diane
      August 12, 2022 / 9:16 pm

      Thanks ever so much, Sue! I was thinking exactly the same. I think it’ll be great styled for Autumn with boots!

  2. Joan
    August 12, 2022 / 6:42 pm

    Love your skirt fabric and use of its selvedge to trim the pockets, Diane: very fun addition, not at all heavy-handed with the fringe — just pretty! I like that this pattern has the faux placket: I always find that center front openings on skirts stretch and pooch when they are functional, so this gives the nice vertical accent and slimming look without the poochy problem. Also, very nice waistband treatment and fitted back.

    My only ? is whether that lovely fabric has a lot of give with wearing: I hope it is reasonably firm and keeps its shape for you!

    • Diane
      August 12, 2022 / 9:18 pm

      Thank you so much!
      Yeah, the fabric is fairly tightly woven but seems to have slight vertical stretch, so we will see how it wears. I think it will be less prone to bagging like linen can sometimes do over the derriere.

  3. Sharon
    August 13, 2022 / 12:50 am

    Beautiful skirt and the selvedge for the pockets is the perfect little touch.

    • Diane
      August 13, 2022 / 11:15 am

      Thanks so much, Sharon!

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