Not So Basic Black Skirt

Posted by Susan Liane, The Smuggler's Daughter on 2/12/2014 to Sewing Projects
I have discovered that I can be excessive about many things, and among those things are black skirts. At times, I have counted as many as ten different black skirts in my closet. And resistance is futile. I can always find a reason to add another black skirt to my wardrobe. So, I decided to sew a new black skirt to wear to the Expo in Puyallup. 

For the past two years I have been meaning to sew Vogue 1292, Sandra Betzina's darling design for a lined knit skirt with an origami border at the hemline. This pattern is still in the books and should be readily available at the fabric store and online. The pattern offers two options - one with the origami border and one without, and although both designs are great, I could not resist the border. 

Using a textured and drapey piece of black knit from my stash, I cut the skirt panels on the cross grain and the border pieces on the bias. This skirt can be sewn without a lining, but I can't imagine going that route, so I cut the lining out of a lightweight black nylon.  Sewing this skirt with a lining is much easier than sewing it without one.

The pattern might not look easy, but it is.  You do need to be careful about making all the markings on the fabric, not just the notches in the edges.  The panel sections for the origami border are a bit tedious to sew, but nothing about them should be difficult.  Of course, Sandra Betzina's instructions are excellent and I especially appreciated that she used the best method for sewing an elastic waistline.

This skirt pattern will look great in many different knit fabrics, even very lightweight and semi sheer knits because it is lined.  I wouldn't hesitate to use one of The Smuggler's Daughter's new knit prints for a fabulous skirt to wear all spring or summer.

I plan to wear this skirt with a longish top or sweater, but someone with a younger or thinner figure might like it with a tucked in t-shirt. Either way, it makes a striking garment that is likely to attract compliments wherever you wear it. The fabric I chose is a bit too drapey to get the effect that the pattern cover shows - the origami panels on mine tend to hang a bit more haphazardly.  I might have used a fabric with more body, or I could put a bit of top stitching on the panels, if I really want them to stay in place.  I kind of like the haphazard look, though, and may keep it just this way.  Let me know what you think.
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LoLo C. Date 4/21/2014
Super cute!
Susan Liane, The Smuggler's Daughter Date 4/21/2014
Thanks Lolo! I have been having fun wearing this skirt.
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