Saturday, 5 January 2013

Silk dupion circle skirt

I recently noticed that I had no clothes suitable for going out in the evening, which I have used as an excuse to buy some beautiful silks. The first thing I have finished is this full circle skirt made of silk dupion, underlined with silk organza, both bought from Biddle Sawyer Silks  on Berwick Street , Soho. I hadn't been in this shop before due to the huge number of fabulous fabric shops on this street. I was drawn in by the need to by tie silk (of which they have many) and this dupion caught my eye. I had been planning on making a black and sleeved version of my white summer dress (see post here), but as I was supposed to be Christmas shopping, not buying things for myself I limited myself to just 1 meter. 

I hand washed both silks in cold water before making up as I wanted the final product to be washable, as I never get round to going to the dry cleaners. The organza gives the skirt body and movement as well as preventing it from creasing. I cut two half circles to limit the number of seam. I used a French seam on the right seam and inserted the zip in the left seam and finished it with bias binding, before inserting the waistband and a hook to secure the closure. I hemmed using a herringbone stitch, attaching the hem to the underling only so the stitches are completely invisible from the right side

The dupion was easy to handle. This was the fist time I have used an underlining on one of my own patterns, but I will definitely be doing so more in the future as I it definitely makes a difference, especially where you don't to use a full lining and I hate hems showing on the outside. 

Inside out view of organza underlining

Zip- finished with bias binding