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Category Sewing
Type Clothing
Sizing Women
Style Classic, Traditional
Cheryl Lemmons on craftsy.com

What materials did you use? Purple plaid wool from inherited stash, silk organza underlining, silk habotai lining from Mood Fabrics, zipper, Metrosene thread

Cheryl Lemmons on craftsy.com

What are you most proud of? I'm mostly quite happy with the matching of the plaid. The back seam could have been a little better. Also, it was so fun to revisit all the techniques learned in Susan Khalje's Couture Dress Class. I'm getting quicker and more accurate each time I use a new technique (i.e., fell stitching the lining and pick-stitching the lining). The hand-picked zipper went in much better this time as well.

Cheryl Lemmons on craftsy.com

What advice would you give someone starting this project? Make a muslin for a really good fit. Wish I had read up on lining kick-pleats before assembling the skirt. This would have saved a great deal of time. Now I know there is a trick to it. It turned out ok, but will be better next time.

Cheryl Lemmons on craftsy.com

Great job! It looks better then the ones I have seen in stores.

10/20/2012 Flag

Thank you so much. And the silk lining makes it feel luxurious!

10/22/2012 Flag

Beautiful. Very classic. Yes you should keep this as your TNT pattern

10/20/2012 Flag

Thanks, Scheri. Definitely doing this one again!

10/22/2012 Flag

Looks great. What's the trick you are referring to regarding the kick pleat? They are a bit tricky to do especially when using a lining. Nicely done.

10/20/2012 Flag

There's an article on Threads Insider that explains the process for cutting out the lining for the kick pleat. I will give it a try next time. I had to take out the top stitching at the top of the pleat and open out the seam to get the lining to work. It turned out fine, but I want to try it this way next time.

10/22/2012 Flag

beautiful job! did you finish your seam allowances? I can't tell from the picture. Not to take away from the beautiful couture techniques, but Nancy Zieman has some wonderful shortcuts (i.e. hand-picked zipper etc.) that are done on the machine. Also, if I remember right (because it's been quite awhile) she had some great kick pleat short cuts and cutting the lining in the back in a curved formation so it didn't show through the kick pleat. I've never done a muslin, but it's never too late huh? Great looking skirt! Nice that it was inherited fabric too!

10/20/2012 Flag

Mo, I left the seam allowances about 1" wide and catch-stitched them to the silk organza underlining. The fabric wasn't TOO ravelly, so I think this will be sufficient. I do need to check out Nancy Zieman's shortcuts. I do love all the hand sewing . . . find it to be very meditative and calming. I'm loving what I'm learning about sewing by doing a muslin. You are free to experiment and make mistakes without messing up expensive or irreplaceable (the inherited stash) fabric. Currently I'm working on a coat from that stash . . . ivory silk with gold embroidery from the late 60's/early 70's. It will be self lined . . . ivory on the outside, gold on the inside . . . it should be reversable. Easy pattern so I hope to have it completed by the end of this week.

10/22/2012 Flag

I will continue to experiment and come up with my own "hybrid" style of sewing . . . shortcuts and quick ways to sew whenever possible, and having the couture techniques at my command when nothing less will do!

10/22/2012 Flag

Very nice!!!

11/07/2012 Flag