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Gertie's Pencil Skirt - Hand Dyed

Added Mar 4, 2013

by shavlin

Perth, Australia






Pencil Skirt from Gretchen Hirsch’s new Book “Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing”. I used some couture techniques in the skirt – catch stitching the seams flat, fell stitching the hem and waistband, and underlining the whole skirt. I am really please with the final fit and finish – this skirt is going to get some serious wear! The fashion fabric in this project is my own hand dyed fabric using fibre reactive dye with bleached white calico, adding the underlining turned what could have been a very ordinary piece into something really special with just enough body in the fabric for that column shape to hold. I love how good this skirt looks on the inside as well as the outside (hence all the inside pics). I pick stitched the zipper in place and absolutely love it – I will be doing it all the time from now on, total control and it looks great!

Material Notes

Bleached calico; fibre reactive dye; non-iodised salt; silk organza (for underlining); scrap of printed silk for waist band facing (I didn’t have enough of the fashion fabric for the facing, so I interfaced a scrap of very expensive but very lovely silk and used another couture technique to roll the seam of the waistband in slightly and steam in place so the facing will never show).




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Business, Classic, Vintage
Cotton, Organza, Silk

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    Mar 4, 2013, 03.53 PMby Mary Athey

    Love the hand dying. The skirts lovely x

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      Mar 5, 2013, 11.10 PMby shavlin

      Thank you – I am really happy with it :)

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    Mar 4, 2013, 01.33 AMby puffinlove

    Impressive! I love the hand dying, and all that effort paid off – it’s lovely!

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      Mar 4, 2013, 02.27 AMby shavlin

      tyvm :-)

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