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Binliners Part II – Skirt, No Ruffles

21st May 2017

It has been about a couple of months since the last collections for Fall/Winter 17 season were shown. Everyone who is interested has either seen all many of them (bless Vogue.com!) or at least read summaries about what will be trending next winter. I am currently obsessing with colour red, and, coincidentally, red will be THE colour to wear. And I will be prepared!

The Top

I normally don’t work with jersey. No matter what I do with it, it never looks smart enough. But the idea I had for this top would have never worked with non-stretchy fabric. This stripe jersey was on sale on minervacrafts.com, so I just had to try. I was not sure how difficult execution of a dolman sleeve would be, or how comfortable it would be to wear it once it’s on, as I wanted a ‘skinny’ version. The top seam is exposed, I also made it stand out even more with some narrow velvet ribbon sewn into the groove.

To be honest, I was a little worried about it being too see through for work, but I had a test run – it’s a keeper!

The Skirt

I had some fabric left after making these trousers. Because working with it on that project was quite easy, I knew that it would be enjoyable this time. Lightweight fabric, looks more expensive than I paid for it (it was so many years ago, I don’t even remember how much, but I am confident it was a bargain of some sort), holds its shape quite well, but drapes nicely too.

The pattern was actually for a dress from BurdaStyle. I was looking for a tulip skirt with pockets that stick out, but never found, so I took my chances with the dress. It looks deceptively narrow at the bottom on the photo. It is not the first time I am disappointed with Burda’s odd sizing – size 38 is too large, even though my measurements correspond to their chart. Trace, cut, sew and wear? Nope, more like trace, tinker, cut, sew, tinker, wear. And tinker again.

After ‘shaving’ a few inches off side seams to achieve a more tapered look, the skirt did become more narrow. As fabric has no stretch in it, the skirt makes me watch the length of my step ever so slightly. Not a major issue, as I am not going skiing in it, and at work I mostly sit at my desk anyway. I have worn it a few times already, and love it!

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