11 March 2007

Cafe au Lait

Pattern: McCall's 3489 - copyright date 1955

Size: size 12 (bust 31", waist 25", hip 33")

coffee silk dupioni from Fabricland

Project Photo

Comments: This is the second skirt for my SWAP. The fabric I used is a silk dupioni in a luscious coffee colour - the photos do not do it justice. The skirt has ten panels, each with a vertical dart in the centre of the panel. I chose to line and underline each panel prior to stitching them all together. This lining/underlining method is one I use quite often and I have described previously. It provides such a nice clean finish on the inside and it beefs up the dupioni fabric - basically it makes for a much more luxurious garment. The skirt has a side invisible zipper closure and a small waistband. I did a double fold hem (which is described here) that falls just below the knee cap. All finishing work on the waistband and hem was done by hand, as I feel it provides a higher end look to the finished product.

: I really like this skirt and I think it will look great with the matching top that is still in progress. I ran out of silk organza underlining for the top and I am waiting (impatiently) for Thai Silks to deliver more. What I like best about this skirt is that I can see dressing it up for formal events and also dressing it down for work. This promises to be a very versatile piece of clothing.


Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

Shannon - I love the color of the skirt and the construction is flawless as usual...can't wait to see the matching top. This is going to be one amazing wardrobe!

Summerset said...

What a gorgeous color! The dupioni is perfect for this skirt - it's got body and you won't have to wear a petticoat. (Not that you'd probably want to wear a petticoat, anyway!)

Gaile said...

WOw, that's really yummy! what kind of seam finish did you use on the long seam joining each panel?

Shannon said...

Gaile - just a regular straight stitch was used to join the panels. See here (under Construction heading) for more details: http://hungryzombiecouture.blogspot.com/2007/01/domb-luck-part-2.html


Tuesday said...

I absolutely LOVE it! the color, the fabric, the style...It's lovely!