A Border-Print Skirt

 

I don’t usually sew skirts during the winter months.  When I first purchased this fabric from Mood’s NYC store, I was actually thinking of making a blouse with it…especially since it’s a beautiful, lightweight silk charmeuse with the border print going down the center of the fabric.

Silk Charmeuse Pencil Skirt

Then I saw this skirt from White House/Black Market…

Silk Charmeuse Pencil Skirt
Silk Charmeuse Pencil Skirt

…and after seeing it, a light went off in my brain and I decided that I should use my new border print fabric to make my own version of this skirt.

Of course since the silk is lightweight and a little flimsy, I underlined the skirt with a bemberg rayon lining.  The lining was basted to the silk and a line of basting was also added to the center of the border print to insure that the two pieces of fabric worked as one.  The pieces were then serge finished.

I used my TNT elastic waist skirt pattern.  The simple silhouette of that pattern effectively highlights the border print.  To achieve this, I laid the skirt piece directly over the center of the print on the fabric, pinned it down and cut it out.  The front seam was then stitched closed.  The back seam was stitched leaving a back slit for walking ease.  A casing was added for the non-roll elastic and a half inch was turned up at the hemline and stitched flat.  That was it…an easy, breezy skirt that lets the fabric speak.

Some pics ~ first the side views…

Silk Charmeuse Pencil Skirt

 

Silk Charmeuse Pencil Skirt

The skirt worn with a RTW twinset…

Silk Charmeuse Pencil Skirt

 

Silk Charmeuse Pencil Skirt

I’m thinking that I need to go back to Mood and buy a couple more border prints because I’m loving this skirt!

Editor’s note: Can’t make it to Mood NYC? Click here for border prints at MoodFabrics.com.

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Comments


  • MB@YarnUiphoneApp
    December 18, 2012

    This skirt is stunning…makes me want to make one too. I wonder how this border print would stand up to a palazzo pant pattern?

    • Barbara Zimmerman
      December 18, 2012

      I love sewing border prints and think palazzo pants is a great idea!

      • Carolyn
        December 18, 2012

        I agree that palazzo pants with a border print down the sides will be awesome! I might have to steal that idea!!!

  • Lora
    December 18, 2012

    Great skirt. Love how you look so demure in the front view, then, turn to the side and you are all glamor!

    • Carolyn
      December 18, 2012

      Thanks Lora!

  • Amanda S.
    December 18, 2012

    Love it!

    • Carolyn
      December 18, 2012

      Thanks Amanda!

  • Ginger
    December 18, 2012

    I love this! What a great use of the border print!

    • Carolyn
      December 18, 2012

      Thanks Ginger!

  • Sarah Gunn
    December 18, 2012

    Beautiful skirt, Carolyn! Very creative use of the fabric. You also look fab in yellow!

    • Carolyn
      December 18, 2012

      Thanks Sarah! I really am thinking about making another one!

  • Lorraine
    December 18, 2012

    So flattering. Brilliant use of a print.

    • Carolyn
      December 18, 2012

      Thanks Lorraine – it really is a pretty print isn’t it!

  • oonaballoona
    December 18, 2012

    HOLY COW CAROLYN.

  • Erica B
    December 19, 2012

    Carolyn, you have an amazing penchant for finding great border prints. Gorgeous skirt.

  • Amy
    January 1, 2013

    Wow! I love the design running down the sides of the skirt. It’s so fun and flattering. Bravo Carolyn!

  • Johanna Bos
    January 6, 2013

    What a beautiful skirt. Greetings from Holland.