One such garment started way back in 2013 when I purchased this lovely piece of Japanese Cotton from Ray Stitch that was in the sale for £10 - yeah!
|A funky bold Japanese print from Ray Stitch.|
With the bold and brilliant print I wanted to keep as much of it as possible so decided to make a classic gathered skirt with a straight waistband.
I cut a long rectangle section for the waistband first, then cut the fabric in half so I could match the pattern around the width of the skirt. I sewed these two sections together after inserting two side seam pockets - I love a pocket!
|Pockets pinned ready for sewing.|
I stitched the waistband together to make a loop then folded it over.
I chose to keep the front section of the waistband flat and strengthened it with interfacing. The back section houses the elastic - you can see how I finished the elastic in the photo below.
The next step was to run gathering stitches around the top of the skirt section and pull them to create even gathers around the skirt.
Finally I pinned the gathered skirt onto the waistband and top stitched it all into place. Oh, forgot to mention its also lined with a simple white poly-cotton because the Japanese cotton is a little see-through.
|The inside of the waistband with interfaced front section and reinforced sections to stitch the elastic onto.|
|The completed skirt!|
|Fan workshop at Tatty Devine Brick Lane in May|
I am still not sure if a full gathered skirt suits me - I usually prefer silhouettes with less fabric volume, I just couldn't face cutting into this lush print even though it was a bargain £10!
What do you think?
Have you sewn something that you are not sure suits you?