Last week I finished making a skirt for the autumn, it’s a pattern I’ve used before, back in 2017, Newlook 6876. I made it then in a beautiful teal blue tweed…
…it still fits me nicely so I just made it to the size already cut out. The skirt has a button closure all the way down the centre back, I was a bit nervous of wearing it at first but I never had any wardrobe mishaps with the buttons! Otherwise it’s just a simple straight, lined skirt. This time I used a gorgeous fine wool in a lovely shade of purple, a sort of damson colour. I think I might have bought it in Fabrics for All in Armley during a Sew Up North meet-up, it’s very similar to a charcoal grey fabric I made into a jacket.
It’s straight forward to stitch up. I loved the fabric details down the selvedge so I cut it out so that would be down the centre back. I wanted it lining so I made an identical skirt in a purple lining which I had in my stash. I trimmed off the back facing and then hand-stitched the facing to the lining with a simple prick-stitch using a purple embroidery thread.
I found the buttons in my stash too, we’re heading for a big lock-down here so I didn’t fancy button shopping and I don’t find it easy matching buttons on line, especially with all the possible shades of purple. Anyway I don’t think I would have got a much better match.
I added one of my labels too – I ordered these a few months ago for a finishing touch!
I’ve worn my skirt about three times already, it’s one of those that’s instantly comfortable, I love the colour too. The only downer I’ve found is that it does crease surprisingly easily for a wool skirt – it’s OK when I’m wearing it, but I certainly need to hang it up straight away at night time – there’s no popping it over the back of a chair or it needs a good press in the morning!
I’ve just this week started a four week on line course on pattern fitting though Denman College, the WI college in Oxfordshire. Hopefully by the end of it I’ll be able to iron out any extra wrinkles and have a perfect fit!. I’ll let you know how I get on.