Sunday, July 24, 2011

Eyelet Border Knit Skirt

Photo Link

This skirt is another of the straight skirts made with knit fabric and elastic waistband. Very similar to my recent Blue/Brown Snakeskin Print Skirt This fabric is from my California trip, and again bought with the able shopping assistance of Kathi, DrSue, and Lisa. I was very taken with the fabric, as I have never seen a knit with eyelet embroidery like this before. Lots of wovens, but no knits, and with the stripes as well, it was a much more sophisticated look than one usually gets with eyelet fabrics. I had to have it, and knew it was to be a skirt from the beginning.

Since this skirt has a finished hem edge it was super simple, except for one thing. The fabric is a very soft jersey knit, and without a lining it was going to be clingy almost to the point of indecency, in my opinion. So... to find something to line it with. Luckily, I have a lot of fabric-in-waiting, aka The Inventory, and I found a very nice pale pink stretch woven with almost as much stretch as the jersey. Honestly, I thought it must actually be a knit, but no, it ravels off just like a woven. It's woven with wide, square 'ribs' on the cross, and once again, the stretch is in the lengthwise direction. Obviously planned to be used like pinstripes and cut on the crossgrain, this is a neat fabric.

Here it is as worn, with the lining showing through the eyelet holes.
Photo Link

I basted it to the edges of the jersey pieces and stitched it as one with it, using the selvedge as the hem, thus avoiding the problem of how to hem one fabric and not the other while seaming them together. Here you can see the side seam and the hem edge.
Photo Link

The waistband is simple as can be. The elastic is serged to the edge, then it's turned under, zigzagged, and it's done.

Photo Link

One last photo. The wisteria vines were whacking me in the face when I tried to hold them while talking to the cat at the same time. Ah well, that's real life.

Photo Link

13 comments:

Fran said...

Gorgeous fabric! How perfect.

velosewer said...

Love the fabric. It's really pretty and definitely your colour.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

That's a great piece of fabric that you made into a wonderful skirt!

a little sewing said...

I have never seen such fabric, either and it looks lovely made up as a skirt. Cute cat, too.

gwensews said...

THat's a terrific use of a border print, eyelet knit. YOu have a nice wardrobe of new skirts.

Jane M said...

Thanks so much for your hem detail pictures. I've been on a skirt binge recently myself and have a lace border knit that I want to line and will definitely consider this technique. I imagine I'll have to make sure the stretch is almost equal. Terrific result, summery and cool and not too revealing.

Mardel said...

That is a wonderful skirt!

Summerset said...

Such a good use of the border print! I like both of these new skirts - you look great in them.

KayY said...

Just one word: PRETTY!

Barbara at Cat Fur Studio said...

Love that you found your very successful lining in your inventory - the two fabrics work well.

Irene said...

Very, very pretty!

Anonymous said...

Another lovely skirt made from the most beautiful fabric!!

Enjoy!

Karendee

Rosy said...

Wow! Wonderful fabric, so special! You got the perfect skirt with this fabric. Very nice.