Created by: Robin Denning
Project

Empire Waist Straight Skirt in Brocade

What are you most proud of? I made this to wear to my daughter's wedding. I think I am mostly relieved that I pulled it off. Fitting is always a struggle so I learned to draft my own patterns. I did not have enough brocade to make a dress, so I made an Empire Waist straight skirt with a princess seam bodice. I tried to mke it look like a blouse tucked into a skirt. What advice would you give someone starting this project? Brocade is thick, so make bigger seam allowances. I had to let mine out because I did not allow enough for turn of cloth. It was tighter than I would have liked, but I am not used to wearing closely tailored women's clothing. I got used to it and it felt good by the end of the night.

You Can Make This

Robin Denning made Empire Waist Straight Skirt in Brocade with:

Patternmaking Basics: The Skirt Sloper

Online Class

Patternmaking Basics: The Skirt Sloper

with Suzy Furrer

  • Metallic Brocade underlined with Siri lining and lined it with rayon bemberg I sewed Rigilene boning vertically into the waistband. The bodice was made from silk crepe de chine.

Project Description

What are you most proud of? I made this to wear to my daughter's wedding. I think I am mostly relieved that I pulled it off. Fitting is always a struggle so I learned to draft my own patterns. I did not have enough brocade to make a dress, so I made an Empire Waist straight skirt with a princess seam bodice. I tried to mke it look like a blouse tucked into a skirt. What advice would you give someone starting this project? Brocade is thick, so make bigger seam allowances. I had to let mine out because I did not allow enough for turn of cloth. It was tighter than I would have liked, but I am not used to wearing closely tailored women's clothing. I got used to it and it felt good by the end of the night.

Q&A with Robin Denning

JulRi Designs asked:
This looks absolutely fabulous on you! What a great job!!
Robin Denning answered:
thanks so much :)
Ashbreeze asked:
Lovely fabric and a great fit makes for a beautiful outfit! Very impressive! Did you draft the pattern for the jacket too?
Robin Denning answered:
yes I drafted the jacket pattern, too. Looking back, I am a little surprised I was crazy enough to attempt it :) Actually, the instructions in Suzy's classes are so clear that it wasn't like it was too hard. It was, though, time consuming to sew all the mockups until I had the design where I wanted it. Thanks so much for your comment!
pcampbell asked:
What a gorgeous outfit! Really pretty! You have a great figure for this style! And I love the jacket! Did you make that too? Tell us more!
Robin Denning answered:
Thanks - yes I made the jacket too. I took all of Suzi's classes and the only one I haven't done much with yet is that pants class. You can read more on my blog, if you like, at http://alittlesewing.blogspot.com
kjano571001270 asked:
Your outfit is really beautiful, but always what really counts is how you feel in it and does it fit well. You are spot on, and should be very proud of your accomplishments. Doing all the work to get to where you landed has really paid off. I am still working through Suzie's classes and have gone back and started over a few times..... and then I get distracted with some other sewing project!
Robin Denning answered:
Thanks so much! I was really motivated to wear something nice to my daughter's wedding and I am tired of altering commercial patterns. I love patternmaking!
nyperi13 asked:
Fantastic work -- and you look beautiful in it!
Robin Denning answered:
thanks so much - I appreciate it!