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African print A-line skirt

Added Nov 15, 2010

by walkingwardrobe

Christchurch, Ne...






I drafted the pattern of this skirt following the instructions from Cal Patch’s book Design-It-Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified. As a novice dressmaker, I found the book very well-organised and easy-to-follow. The diagrams are clean and clear, the instructions are simple yet detailed, it’s overall inspiring.

The A-line skirt is the first project in the book and it was pretty simple. I was supposed to make a muslin first but thought nothing really can go horribly wrong with this project, so I used this cool African wax print cotton directly. The waist turned out too wide… oops!… I cut the back piece to two in the middle, then sew them together with 1.5 cm seam allowance, therefore reduced the waist 3cm less.

I watched many Angela Kane’s videos during the making of this skirt. I found them so clear and motivating, highly recommended!

Blogged in Mandarin here.

Material Notes

African wax print cotton, invisible zipper, wooden button



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    Nov 16, 2010, 12.20 PMby nikkishell

    What a lovely skirt! Love the fabric you chose.

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    Nov 15, 2010, 09.05 PMby sigrid

    I love this skirt—the combination of the fabric pattern and your design is so fun.

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    Nov 15, 2010, 03.49 AMby altheacat

    i love the print!

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      Nov 15, 2010, 07.39 AMby walkingwardrobe

      yes, the print is so energetic. I bought it for 5 New Zealand Dollar a meter (USD$3.8), a nice bargain!

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