Finished: Electric Blue Wool & Silk Skirt

7 things I love about this skirt:

1. The A-Line shape and pockets. It's the same New Look Maudella 6029 pattern I used to make my denim skirt
2. The gorgeous colour of the fabric - it's electric blue worsted wool. This colour makes me think of the 1980s, and it might well be from that era.

3. The feel and drape of the wool - it's light but warm and drapes beautifully, The fabric was purchased in a charity shop last June for £2.49. It was from the stash of a lady who'd died and I feel that makes it extra special to have made such a beloved item after it was languishing in a stash and then a charity shop.
4. The beautiful silk lining. I won this in a giveaway from Karen at Did you Make That?, waaaayyyyyy back at the start of 2012. I was a little intimidated by it and then undecided as to the best use to make of it but this was the perfect project. It feels wonderful to wear, so much nicer than the usual poly linings I use. Incidentally, after a trawl through her blog archives, I found that Karen used the same silk to line her wool Minoru jacket - it's so luxurious! I wonder if her jacket still gets worn, 3 years down the line? I hope so.

5.The cost. Yep, I love a bargain and this skirt cost about £5 due to the cheap wool and free lining

6. The care I took in making it. I sewed the lining to the zip by hand and hand hemmed the skirt. Working with beautiful materials really encouraged me to 'up my game' and the skirt feels extra special because of that

7. It's my 3rd #vintagepledge project of 2015

Anything not so great about the skirt?

The hem is a little bumpy - normally I finish the edge with bias tape but I didn't do that for this skirt as I thought the inside wouldn't be seen because of the lining. It's not, but I think the hem fold looks a little bumpy from the outside.

I didn't know how to line a kick pleat skirt, so I just put a split in the lining, It functions fine and I don't know if there is a better way to line a kick pleat so this will do.

 Looking a bit creased at the back - you can see the kick pleat though

Any more skirts from this pattern - is 2 enough?

I have plans for one more and then I'm done for the meantime. I don't think that three versions of one pattern is excessive, when it's such a useful item.

What's next?

Another New Look Maudella pattern, this time a dress to be worn to a 90th birthday party. It's actually nearly finished as I write this, so hopefully the increased daylight will make it easier to get it photographed and onto the blog quickly.

I also have a cardigan nearly finished, just one button band to go and then blocking. I'm ready to start swatching my next knitting project too, from Kate Davies' book Yokes. I will do a full post on that as I want to share my yarn choice, which was a major(ish) undertaking.

K x

p.s Despite the fluctuating blue shades of the photos in this post. the skirt is a bright blue. It seems to be one of those vivid colours which is unusually hard to photograph. Do you ever find that? It may well be my photographic and photo editing ineptitude

24 comments:

  1. ooh lovely. what a gorgeous colour! i'm not surprised you are planning more versions. it's really versatile and suits you well.

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  2. I love electric blue and yes, it's so 1980s! I really like the pattern too and think that you're just getting into your stride with it. How about a linen version? I can see it with a front seam, add a front split and cut the back on the fold. Then add triple topstitching across the pockets, around the hem and up the front seam. Khaki green would be a great colour. Just a hint of the 1970s about the whole thing!

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  3. It's a lovely skirt and lovely to have some history about how you came across the fabrics. Makes it all the more special.

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  4. What a lovely colour! It goes really well with the pattern and everyone loves a bargain!

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  5. This colour is amazing and really suits you - I bet it's one of those colours that puts you in a good mood to wear it. Just in case you plan to line your next version, Sunni has some really useful tutorials for drafting a lining and sewing a kick pleat: http://www.afashionablestitch.com/?s=lining+tutorial

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    1. Thanks Rachel, I will check that out :-)

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  6. What a gorgeous colour! That was a great charity shop find! I can totally see the appeal in making more of these skirts, especially when you've got the fit sorted.

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  7. Beautiful, beautiful colour. And HOW do you find bargains like this? I have never seen fabric for sale in a charity shop. Ever. Gorgeous skirt. I think you have done the lady proud! :)

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    1. Lots and lots of charity shop visiting is the key. If you have different ones near your home and work you can visit, that really helps.

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  8. What an amazing colour! And such a bargain. I can see why you are hooked on the pattern - it really suits you.

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  9. I never limit myself to a number from a favourite pattern, as I have a feeling that if the fabric is different, it's unlikely anyone else will notice it's the same style. I think this one is a classic and would rather like the pattern myself (although I am not buying any more patterns at the moment! I might have something similar already). I love the bright blue of this skirt, it's actually one of my favourite colours, and I think it will pair well lots of different tops.

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    1. You're right, no one will notice the same pattern in different fabrics. You likely do have a similar pattern, it's a classic shape

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  10. Electric blue is very much back in trend, but don't let that put you off it hehe. Lovely job, and extra special for the fabrics having a back story eh!

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    1. Ha ha I had no idea how in fashion I am! What a coincidence

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  11. Beautiful colour and what a lucky find.

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  12. Beautiful blue - a happy color!

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  13. Love the color and your lining is amazing. Nice job!

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  14. If you find the pattern that works for you, I say make multiples!
    Love that blue and the silk lining!

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  15. 6185 & 6068 both looks are awesome ..really like it
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  16. Is that skirt blue? Looks white and gold to me hahaha

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  17. Such a pretty blue! And bonus sweet lining. Happy Birthday to the happy 90 year old!!

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