InstructionsI adopted the pattern for a couture approach, eliminating the facings and adding an underlining and lining. I also used an invisible zipper.
Type of item: Clothing
Style: Casual, Classic
Loose woven cotton/rayon fashion fabric; polyester underlining and lining.
What was your inspiration?
This is my favorite "remnant" pattern. I had the green fabric (which wrinkles when you look at it - this was ironed right before I put it on to have the pictures taken!) left over from a pair of palazzo pants. It's quite sheer, so I'd selected the olive as a lining. I'd already cut out the green and the olive prior to taking "The Couture Dress." The class was so inspiring, that I decided to use the olive as an underlining taking a couture approach to assembly, and to lining the skirt with something fun.
What are you most proud of?
I'm glad I took the time to do this. I basted the skirt and adjusted the fit -- this pattern has always fit me well, but now it's perfect. Also, adding both the underlining and the lining makes the skirt feel terrific, gives it a better drape, and hides the underwear lines I would otherwise have in such a clingy garment.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Don't be afraid to use something fun even when it won't be seen! Only I see the floral lining but it makes me smile and gives me a lift -- kind of like wearing pretty underwear. I am thinking, though, about making a bias strip out of the remnants for future accent use.