Friday, March 25, 2011

The Laurelle Skirt

Courtesy of Burda Style. The photographs from the pattern creator show rear welt pockets, yet the pattern comes with regular back jeans pockets. I chose the latter. But after sewing them on, I realized they sat way below my butt because they are placed below the rounded seam. Seriously, I looked gangsta. So I took them off and left the rear pocketless.
I used a dark stretch denim from my stash and yellow topstitching thread. Jeans thread was way too thick for my machine.
Sorry for the poor quality shots. It has been raining here in N. California non stop so the lack of sun makes for dark pictures!

There are no instructions (but hey, it's free!) so here are some of my steps in making the skirt:

1. Cut out the pattern. The front pockets are a little confusing. Cut 2 of the jeans material:


And 2 of the pocket lining material minus the pocket opening:


2. Sew the pocket lining to each jeans front.


3. Then flip over, press lining down and topstitch at the pocket opening.


I used my cover stitch on my serger for this and the rear seam, but my Babylock does not work well at all with curves at all and it turned out to be too much of a pain for the fly. So I chalked out the double lines for the fly and stitched it with a single needle on my regular sewing machine. I would have used a double needle, but none of them were wide enough for my liking for denim.
I then sewed the fly using instructions from a Kwik Sew jeans pattern. It's pretty standard steps, except for topstitching the front.

Side View:


I love it. It looks nice with the sleeveless turtleneck I made out of some leftover grey ponte knit and my black boots. Perfect for this rainy weather!

Michelle

2 comments:

  1. Nice skirt! I got the yellow fabric for my jacket from Fabricmartfabrics.com. I am afraid it is all gone now. Now and then they have really nice stuff at a good price, so I check there every couple of weeks.

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  2. Thanks for the info, Karin! I buy a lot from them!

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