Added Apr 2, 2010
I decided to use the “Marie Skirt” as the basis for entering the Burdastyle-Tessuti competition for the Stitches & Craft Melbourne Runway show. Keeping the fantastic pleat feature at the front of the skirt, I decided to lengthen, and create the appearance of a wrap skirt at the front, scooping down to a hem line that would compliment the direction of the pleats. Using gorgeous 100% linen from Tessuti frabrics (Italian “Sorrento Stripe” and “White Lulu”) the lines inspired a bidirectional approach. I love chopping and changing, so made one side of the skirt to have stripes running horizontal and to hopefully showcase the front panel. A nice big white strip at the bottom to fold under the panels front and back and we have a new style “Marie Skirt”. To achieve a more classic fit, I sewed the front pleats down a little and I decided to make the back a typical pencil skirt with darts. To keep the direction of stripes consistent and to compliment the front, I did horizontal and vertical as you will see in the photos attached. Hope you like it!
The main fabric is 100% Italian linen from Tessuti called “Sorrento Stripe” which is black with white stripes.
The plain white featured at the bottom hem of the skirt is 100% linen from Tessuti called “White Lulu”. The quality of the linen is beautiful. It is easy to sew and fabulous to wear.
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