The skirt is a circle skirt, made from two panels cut on the bias and sewn together, with a waistband and zip. There are no real complex steps to this, however the sheer volume of fabric can be daunting.
My biggest issue was with the lining I decided to add. The fabric, a lovely blue satin lining fabric from Pennine Fabrics (£1 per meter!) was a bit of a nightmare to work with, being very slippy. The hem that I did is dreadful, but I can live with it for a first real project.
For the skirt, I opted to follow this tutorial from Colletterie, which worked brilliantly and I have a lovely even hem.
I forgot to take a photo of the skirt close up, and will add one when I remember, but I chose to wear it to go to the Graduate Show for the Art School in Aberdeen, where a few of my friends were showing their work. A few drinks may have been provided, and I found myself having great fun spinning around in my new skirt...
The skirt cost me around £25 to make once all postage is taken into consideration. The main material was £2.50 a meter from Greens of Blackburn, who unfortunately appear to have stopped trading online. As I said before, the lining was a steal at £1 per meter, and I really can't rate Pennine Fabrics highly enough. I needed 200m of Gutermann thread and one zipper.
I got lots of compliments about the skirt, which felt great, there really is something about being able to say that you made it when asked what shop it is from. What have you made that gets the most comments?
So, next project is a top to go with the skirt, I have some issues with the pattern, so I'll be addressing them as I go along.