Friday, June 19, 2020

Sewing Basics: a black linen skirt

Sometimes you just need to make a basic! I needed a summer skirt in basic black, and looked through some of my patterns for what I wanted. I found Butterick 6670, a wardrobe pattern, with a cute skirt included. It's a grosgrain faced full skirt, with side zip.

I found a black linen in my stash that I thought would be perfect -- it was a bit see through, however, so I lined it. This meant that I could stitch down the grosgrain facing. I *could* have just sewn on the lining as the waistline finish, but I had a very fun piece of leopard print ribbon in my stash that I wanted to use to spark up the project, so I basted the skirt and lining together and faced it with the ribbon.

This was a quick and easy project, and the linen was lovely to work with. So much so that I used the rest of the yardage to cut out the top from this same pattern. Let's see how long it will take me to make it up!

It's fun to be able to use stash fabrics and notions, match them up with a stash pattern, and then end up with a very useful standard piece for your wardrobe. And I love lining a fuller skirt -- not only does it help with transparency, or with making it more trans-seasonal so that you can wear it with tights, it also gives a nice "swish" of fullness to the skirt.

And while we're talking about black basics, it's also good to remember the basic fact that Black Lives Matter! Read up on issues, read novels by Black authors that are full of joy, buy from Black business, and listen to Black voices.


Share your comments, ideas or suggestions here -- I am always interested in hearing from readers. It's nice to have a conversation!