Purple Plaid Skirt

Project Description

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. 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.

What you will need

  • Purple plaid wool from inherited stash
  • silk organza underlining
  • silk habotai lining from Mood Fabrics
  • zipper
  • Metrosene thread

Q&A with Cheryl Lemmons

hansity asked:
Cheryl Lemmons answered:
Thank you!
skmgardens asked:
Great job! It looks better then the ones I have seen in stores.
Cheryl Lemmons answered:
Thank you so much. And the silk lining makes it feel luxurious!
Scheri Manson asked:
Beautiful. Very classic. Yes you should keep this as your TNT pattern
Cheryl Lemmons answered:
Thanks, Scheri. Definitely doing this one again!
Linda74Sews asked:
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.
Cheryl Lemmons answered:
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.
mo.sews asked:
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!
Cheryl Lemmons answered:
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.