Whilst searching for men’s shirts for my next Refashion project I came across this piece of fabric for £3.50 in the St Wilfrid’s Hospice shop. It wasn’t something I would have necessarily chosen from a fabric shop but I thought it might work for a summer skirt.
I did mean to measure it before I started cutting but forgot. It was probably just about a metre. Having learned my lesson from not washing the starfish fabric I did remember to pop this in the wash before using it. I already had a zip and some lining from my mother’s recent cast offs. She’s obviously had another sort out since then because I acquired a metre of black fabric from her this morning which will make a very smart work skirt for the winter.
I decided on this old favourite as a pattern although I wasn’t sure if I’d have enough fabric.
It is made up of six panels and a deep yoke which I find more comfortable than a waistband. I had to improvise when cutting it out. I remembered a tip from a sewing class I used to go to and folded the fabric into the centre to cut out the main pieces. I was planning to cut out the yoke facing from another fabric but I came up with an alternative cunning plan and sewed the leftovers together to create a new larger piece of fabric. There were only scraps left at the end.
I lined the skirt from the yoke down which I’d not tried before with this skirt. Although the fabric is quite heavyweight it is a fairly loose weave and potentially see through with the sun behind you!
I’m normally hopeless ‘in the ditch’ but I really concentrated this time and it was probably my best ever effort. Obviously I’ve photographed the neatest bit but it was pretty good all round!
Here’s the result. It is a little bit stiff – I think it is probably curtain fabric – but a few washes should sort that out. I have worn it and it is very comfortable apart from a slightly clingy lining. I did discover an enormous bird poo down the sleeve of my top during the afternoon but thankfully it missed the skirt!
I’m sure I read something from Tilly recently recommending a quick wipe of a skirt lining with a tumble drier sheet to solve the clinging problem but I can’t find it now. I don’t have a tumble drier but I might give the sheets a whirl.