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Asymetrical fold skirt - Stitch Magazine

Added Oct 13, 2011

by tracymcd

London, United K...






I’m a sucker for Vivienne Westwood – I love everything she does – the draping, the asymmetical-iness (I don’t care if that’s not a real word), the traditional fabrics. When I win the lottery I will be living in her shops in London. I actually work fairly close to them and walk past and drool over the windows fairly often.

So when I saw this pattern on the Sew Daily (http://www.sewdaily.com/media/g/stitch/default.aspx) site I knew I was going to make it.

Ideally I wanted to make it in a pinstripe wool – but I’m not confident to do that without a trial go first so this is my (very) wearable muslin. It’s made from an old curtain I bought from ebay – and some contrast facing is from East Street market in South London. I live just up the road in Borough so its my first port of call for cheap-as-chips fabric. I got the buttons there too.

The skirt was stupidly simple to make – I made it in less than a day (given my sewing speed that’s faster than light!).

I think it’s turned out pretty great – and I’ve worn it a couple of times. It’s not perfect – my buttonholes are terrible – the machine couldn’t cope with the tickness of the folds and I’m going to hand blanket stitch around them with some contrast embroidery thread. Also, the curtain fabric is pretty stiff – it needs something bit more drapey.

I just need payday to come so I can invest in the wool pinstripe…




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    Jun 17, 2012, 09.50 PMby PrettyCharlie

    Cute skirt! I agree about the her designs. The word you want, btw, is asymmetry (<— word geek – blushes), and I heartily agree. The style suits you, too. The fabric you’ve used is bang on – very sophisticated. Kudos on all of it! :)

    Might be fun to drape this on a dress form and play around a bit: try different fabrics, drapes & button positions. atm I’m imagining a long classic pencil skirt (not too tight and NO stretch – UGH) and wondering about the juxtaposition of the straight lines and these unique pleats. Thanks for the inspiration. :)

    And I beg you: I MUST know where you got those AWESOME buttons! Please tell me: My tongue will get awfully dry hanging out of my mouth for too long. (laughs)


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      Jun 27, 2012, 08.38 AMby tracymcd

      The buttons were 50p each at East Street market in South London. They are actually plastic but are a very realistic metal look.

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    Dec 15, 2011, 02.14 AMby The Tropical Sewist

    That is a CRAZY cool skirt. It alerady looks good in the muslin! And I an SO jealous of the place you live in. Won’t you be making one in tartan a la Westwood then?

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    Oct 13, 2011, 07.35 PMby melongrowergirl

    I like the pattern, good you did an example, but of this nice pattern you could try more examples anyway, they all would be wearable!

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    Oct 13, 2011, 07.13 PMby dabura

    Great work.

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    Oct 13, 2011, 05.38 PMby hollycornish

    This is lovely! What a nice shape, its very flattering. Nice choice on the fabric and buttons too =D

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