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A skirt for spring/summer

Absent from blogland for two weeks again, but this time not so much to show. The Knip mode pants that I showed a detail of in my last post is a wadder. The fit in the back is no good at all and the fabric too stiff. In the next weeks I will continue my efforts to make a good pants pattern. I have lost a bit of weight, so I need to start again.

I made this skirt from the March Knip Mode issue. It’s an A-line skirt with side pockets and pleats that go over the waistband. When I received the magazine, the fabric used for the skirt immediately appealed to me and I ordered it online from Jerseyfashion. The fabrics they sell are mostly expensive, certainly if you compare it to US prices, but the fabrics I’ve bought are of very good quality. Just a happy customer, though I must say that though this fabric is a beautiful quality cotton, it is not really a bottom weight quality. It’s more a cotton I would use for a shirt. I would never wear a shirt with this print, so just used it for the skirt. I did line the skirt and used fusible interfacing where the zipper was inserted.

It’s nice to have this in the closet, with a white blouse or t-shirt it will be good on the first spring days. For the moment it’s still too cold here to wear it.

The front and back

 

Details of the pleats in the front

   

 

The magazine picture and line drawing. I think it’s one of the very few times I made a pattern in exactly the same fabric as shown.

 

Comments

  1. I love your skirt, Sigrid. It is perfect for spring.

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  2. Yes, it looks fabulous! Roll on Spring...

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  3. Now that is my kind of summer skirt. Love it. I love a lively print for spring/summer.

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  4. Sigrid, welcome back! Congrats on the weight loss. The skirt is lovely.

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  5. Nice job putting this together. I do love that fabric!

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  6. What a cute spring skirt, Sigrid! I just cut out my *first* KnipMode pattern. Woot! Thank goodness for google translate, though it's sketchy. :)

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  7. Wow, Sigrid, this skirt is really cute! I love the pleated style and that beautiful, fresh fabric is so perfect for spring - when it finally arrives!

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  8. Nice job on the skirt! Love the fabric.

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  9. That is a very pretty skirt and I love the fabric.

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  10. I love it! The fabric is very pretty and just the thing for Spring. At the moment we have a weather forecast in London of 16C and sunny for Tuesday! Hopefully this weather will come and come to you too!

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  11. It's beautiful! I love that it isn't too colourful while being spring-like.

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  12. It is a lovely skirt and will be perfect once the weather warms up!

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  13. Beautiful fabric! Perfect for spring/summer!

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  14. Beautiful skirt ! Congratulations on the weight loss.

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  15. Love your skirt - it makes me think of springtime breezes!

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  16. Wat een leuk patroon zo met die plooitjes erin!

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  17. I love the fabric, too. I just went shopping yesterday, looking for large prints and I am not seeing it locally, so ordering it was a good a idea.

    That skirt will put a spring in your step when the weather warms up - great idea to sew something now so you can wear it on the very first nice day!

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  18. What a great fabric and skirt. How often do we wish we could have the exact garment we see in a magazine? You are living the dream! :)

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  19. Lovely skirt Sigrid. I love a lot of the items in the March Knipmode, especially one of the dresses in the supplement; I only wish I could get hold of one of the fabrics I've seen it made of!

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