Denim skirt – more embroidery, less cowgirl

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Wow, this month has been chaotic in the Wardrobe household. I’ve been scurrying around like a headless chicken for work, writing reams of copy for clients and our half-term trip to the Isle of Wight crept up on us.

I’ve also had a weird period of sewing since the summer: one or two makes haven’t turned out as planned; there are more WIPs and UFOs hanging around than usual; the darker evenings are swaying me towards knitting; and I’ve also fallen behind on my stash diet pledge to use up 12 or more cuts of fabric this year. The race is on to complete and blog four more makes before the end of the year!

Here’s something I have finished – another New Look 6346 skirt. I’ve already talked about the pattern and the fit, so I’ll stick to what’s different about this version.

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The fabric

This one’s been lurking in the stash for a while… I found the pink and red border print a bit country and western for my liking.

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The border print was pretty full-on. It’s even got little mirrors sewn into it!

But once I’d made the decision to chop that off, the remaining embroidery is fairly subtle, and I could also go back to using the lengthwise grain, rather than having to work on the cross grain to accommodate the border print. It’s a lighter weight fabric than my first red wool version, so the skirt has a slightly softer shape this time, which I prefer. Ultimately, though, I’m going to have to use something with more drape to get this pattern spot on – maybe a wool crepe?

I didn’t bother to line this version, which made things a lot easier – especially the stitching in the ditch to secure the waistband.

And since it’s denim, I couldn’t resist a bit of topstitching around the hem (just seen) – with a bright red thread to match the embroidery.

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Skirts feel like a good place to be at the moment (some poorly fitting trousers are one of my WIPs right now). And sooo quick, compared to fitting both halves of a dress! Do you have any skirt patterns you’d recommend for winter fabrics?

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