Punky A-line skirt

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It’s finished. This is the last of my winter makes – an A-line skirt made from a pattern I drafted from my skirt block. I’m pretty pleased with it, but it wasn’t as easy as I’d hoped. For starters the wool mix fabric frayed really badly.

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So I had to deploy my overlord overlocker a lot to finish the edges, and I think I need some more practice at judging the seam allowance on an overlocker.

I was planning to line it, but with no waistband, just a facing. I got so tangled up in trying to get the zip in correctly and the facing on neatly that I think I missed my moment to add the lining, and I could face unpicking it. (If anyone can recommend a really clear tutorial on lining a skirt with just a faced waistband, I’d be really grateful.)

My dog decided to get in on the pictures at this point. She has a lovely coat, after all.
My dog decided to get in on the pictures at this point. She has a lovely coat, after all.

On the upside, the pattern fits really well, the darts came out neatly, and I’m very pleased with my first invisible zip. I really should have got around to buying the IZ foot for my machine sooner, I think – now I want to replace all the ordinary zips in my previous makes!

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I’m thinking of making another one – although probably not until the autumn. I’ve got two pieces of fabric I could use – a red wool crepe, and a light-medium weight denim. Which would you go for? And for the denim version, how would you alter the design to make it more fun?

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