Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Ribbon Skirt

I am always drawn to sew-a-longs and had to join in the Julie Starr Ribbon Skirt Sew-a-long over at Goodbye Valentino especially when I saw one of my sewing buddies putting up her hand as well.

The biggest challenge was finding the 38mm (1 1/2") wide grosgrain ribbon that this skirt is made from in tonal shades in Sydney in quantities of 5m.

Thankfully this is where the Internet really comes in handy, a search revealed Sarah Lauren who has quite an extensive range of grosgrain ribbons here in Australia and then I found Crafts Now who ship to Australia free with a larger colour range of 38mm grosgrain ribbon.

I ordered the ribbons from both and the service was perfect.  The cotton for skirt backing is a brand called "A Day In the Country" purchased from The Remnant Warehouse.

The instructions for this skirt are very easy to follow and this skirt takes a lot of precision measurements to make sure that your side seams match.

This is the small amount of ribbon I had left over!

Golden Brown, Chocolate, Turftan, Natural

So here is the finished skirt ...




I am not a fan of waistbands so I have used cotton twill tape as my waistband stabiliser which is then hidden by the lining.


and then some lace for the finishing touch.


I can see this skirt working well with my evening tops I made for SWAP.

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Stash Out:  14.55m
Stash In:  3.3

28 comments:

Amy said...

Sharon, that is stunning! Just so elegant and nicely finished. It looks great on you.

LyndaSewing.blogspot.com said...

Just gorgeous. I love ogling your garments. You have such style and panache and wonderful skills!

RhondaBuss said...

What a lovely skirt and it works perfectly with your wardrobe!

Alexandra said...

Beautiful skirt, love the colors!

BeaJay said...

Stunning - love the colours and the subtle sheen. Lovely.

Sew Hopeful said...

Oh this is gorgeous. I really really like the colours you chose. It will work perfectly with your wardrobe and the fit is beautiful. Now that I've seen both yours and Maria's also gorgeous version I may need to jump on this particular bandwagon. And thanks for that link to Craft Now. Will definitely be checking that one out.

Bunny said...

Positively gorgeous!

Nursebennett said...

Wow! That's just beautiful! Very sophisticated looking and the fit is perfection.

elleR said...

Beautiful Sharon! Choice of colours and their placement on the skirt perfect! Look forward to seeing it on you in the flesh!

Diana said...

This is really so pretty Sharon.The colours you choae are so you!

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Diana said...

This is really so pretty Sharon.The colours you choae are so you!

Dana said...

Love your color combination!

velosewer said...

Lovely skirt Sharon.

ista said...

Ooooh, Nice! It even tempts me to the ribbon skirt brigade (although I know I won't).

sdBev said...

Do I read this right. You created your skirt with rows of grosgrain ribbon. WOW! And it looks WOW too.

Cherrypix said...

Oh yesss! The ribbon worked brilliantly! Mine is 'on hold' til I finish two Onsies for a Year 12 party this coming Saturday. So selfless... ;-$

schnauzer said...

Beautiful work. Lovely combination of colours.

Vicki said...

I really like the colours you have chosen. Lovely.

sandra said...

That is a great skirt! I have a real soft spot for grosgrain, it is such lovely ribbon to work with. Have you ever been to S.A Brown in Surry Hills? They are millinery wholesalers and sell a great range of ribbons. Not sure if they are still there, it has been at least a decade (!) since I bought from them. This looks like it is their website now http://www.hattersmillinerysupplies.com.au/on/millinery-supplies/

Carolyn said...

Absolutely lovely Sharon, and the toasty colour scheme is perfect for you :)

Dilliander said...

Your efforts to find the perfect coloured ribbons was definitely worth it... these are your colours, they look fabulous and will go so well with your special tops from SWAP! The finished skirt and fit are stunning.

Gail said...

These colours really work well together.

Kristy said...

You and Maria both have so much patience to sew these skirts - such precision! I love the colours you've selected, I can see it working well with a lot of clothes in your wardrobe.

Goodbye Valentino said...

Sharon, I love these beautiful shades of brown and the skirt is beautiful on you!
Thanks for making and thanks for the nice review.
Hope you enjoy your pretty skirt!

Jenni said...

Such a stunning skirt and it looks amazing on you. Really clever idea and perfectly executed as always. Just awesome.

Jenni said...

Such a stunning skirt and it looks amazing on you. Really clever idea and perfectly executed as always. Just awesome.

Nancy said...

Absolutely beautiful and I love the color shading! I never put waistbands on skirts or pants. Can't stand them. I wish I could find Petersham which is apparently the proper name for the type of grosgrain used inside as a facing. You got me thinking about this skirt in colors of the sea - blues and greens.