Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Follow up on a skirt

Hi all. It’s been a bit longer than I thought. October already. I moved house and now live close to the city of Leiden, which is a lovely old Dutch town, not very far from Amsterdam (the city that most of my foreign readers will know).

I’ve been sewing a little bit and have lots of sewing plans for the next months. Time to pick up on blogging again too.

The first project I’d like to share is a skirt. Remember the Knip Mode skirt I started in March? A reminder of the line drawing and my initial, unfinished version.

line drawing

Skirtback original

I did not finish it in the end because of the fact I did not like the fabric, the back felt too low and the yoke didn’t do a lot for me (actually accentuated my hip a lot). Also I felt the curves stopped abruptly at the top. Still, I liked the general idea of it and made a different version in which I omitted the yoke and settled for a dart both in the front and the back. The difference in sizes between waist and hip is too big to be able to rotate the last dart out. At least, that’s how I felt about it.

This is my new version, much better for me. Not as much flare in the back as the original pattern, but still a distinctive feature of the skirt. The dressform is not really my size. I’ll show pictures on me when a jacket I plan to sew is finished. The fabric is deep black, so very difficult to photograph the details.Even making the photos lighter doesn’t improve it much.

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  1. Lovely skirt, so happy you are back blogging, my coffee breaks have not been the same without you! Angela

  2. Nice to hear from you again. Sorry to hear that the first time you made this skirt didn't work out. But now you have a skirt to be very happy with so that's worth the time invested. Looking forward to the complete outfit!

  3. Knipmode does like to use lots of seaming, sometimes it works and other times, not so much. But they are unique which is hard to find in patterns. I like your version and I look forward to seeing you in it. Glad that you are settled into the new house and back to blogging and sewing or is it, sewing and blogging?

  4. Your adjustments to the original pattern are great. Personally I'm a fan of seamwork and you cannot have too many black skirts in your wardrobe.

  5. I love the changes you made to the skirt. Glad you have settled in to your new house and are posting about your sewing again. I love reading about what you are working on.

  6. Nice to hear from you again! Leiden is lovely, so much history around every corner. Great to see your skirt, this one is on my to sew list as well. I see you added a zipper, do you need one as a result of the changes you made?

    1. I need a zipper because of the large difference in size between waist and hip and I did not make this skirt from a knit fabric as in Knip mode.

  7. Lovely design! Glad to hear you are settled into your new home and can get back to your sewing.

  8. Congrats on your new home and your return to sewing and sharing your results while blogging. I love the Knipmode style lines on this skirt but I can see how on each body they would fit differently. I think Knipmode does such a good job of designing classic but not boring clothes. Your skirt turned out wonderfully.

  9. We missed you while you were gone! I looked for you but your site was quiet. I'm glad nothing serious happened. So glad you're back to blogging! God bless in your new home!