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Something old, something new ...

Added Sep 15, 2009

by frenchpea

Duffort, France






A really easy skirt that I have been wanting to make for a while. I will be able to wear it from spring through summer to autumn. From Simplicity skirt/top/dress pattern 2955. It’s a six panelled skirt with an elastic waistband.
However, I thought I would try my hand at inserting a zipper (first time in a garment) for a more fitted result, so had to rethink the measurements, and I also wanted to line the skirt (again, first time doing that!) so had to find the right material for that and my husband suggested an old sheet. It was very old but in very good condition and one that my Mum gave me years ago. It dates back to maybe the sixties and is of very good quality, I think a cotton/linen mix, but hangs perfectly as a lining. Having finished the skirt, I found it was still miles too big around the waist (doesn’t happen often!), so out with the seam ripper, out with the zip, narrow down the side seam and reinsert zip again between blue fabric and lining. So enough of the waffle …
I am really happy with the result! It’s so comfy to wear and I will definitely use this pattern again.
Something old: the sheet for the lining
Something new: the pattern
Something borrowed: the zip, taken from a dress that will be recycled too
Something blue: the nice light fabric. I think it was made for this skirt and it crinkles all by itself, so no need to iron!

Material Notes

Blue cotton/synthetic mix fabric, recycled invisible zipper, old linen mix sheet, thread, seam ripper!




Garment Type
Bohemian, Casual, Romantic
Cotton, Blends, Linen


Simplicity skirt/top/dress pattern 2955
Zipper tutorial
Invisible zipper from YouTube


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