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Autumn Helena Skirt

Added Oct 10, 2011

by Inder

Oakland, Califor...






This is my second version of the Helena Skirt, a free Burdastyle download. This one is in a thick brushed cotton twill, for tights, boots, and autumn days (helps that I live in Northern California, where we have autumn-like weather essentially year-round!).

Although my first Helena skirt went together like a dream, this one was more challenging. Mostly due to mistakes on my part, but also because the fabric is really heavy – topstitching through four layers of it (as at the waistband) is no picnic.

I initially sewed the side seams and flat-felled them, forgetting that I wanted to add pockets. Oops. So I tried to unpick the seam but that was no-go. In the end, I chopped off the seam allowances and made a skirt with about two inches less width. Because the fabric is so stiff, I think this was totally fine – it might have even improved the lines of the skirt. But it was a big hassle.

As with my first version, I used a contrasting cotton for the pocket lining. I know I said I wouldn’t last time, but this heavy cotton was too heavy to line pockets with, and the look of a contrasting pocket seems to have grown on me! (As with my first version, I just used a pattern piece from another pattern with pockets as a template for the pockets on this skirt.)

I’m glad I took the time to go back and do it right! This skirt is just better with pockets! I’m happy with the final result and expect to get lots of wear out of this.

More on my blog – http://inderlovesfolkart.blogspot.com/2011/10/autumn-helena-skirt.html

Material Notes

Heavy brushed cotton twill. In this heavier fabric, the skirt has quite a bit more “poof” and body than it did in soft lightweight denim.




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