Saturday, October 26, 2013

Jeans style skirt

I wanted another skirt to wear with my Rachel Comey top for summer and had on my wish list a denim skirt but not necessarily in denim particularly after I had pinned this bright yellow denim skirt.

I started with my Self Drafted Skirt pattern and then dug out the detailed instructions that Sue Marriott had given me during her workshop on "how to use your TNT pants pattern to design and construct a pair of jeans" at the ASG Convention in Ballart in 2010.

I made the following changes to my pattern:
  • Added seam allowance to the skirt front so that I could have a centre front seam.
  • Drew in the fly front extension.
  • Drew my front pocket shape and drafted the pocket facing and pocket stay patterns.
  • Drew in the back yoke, adding seam allowance to both pieces.
  • Copied the back pockets from my Jalie Jeans as I like the shape and size.
    Copied the waistband from my Jalie Jeans pattern, adding a bit more length to it, just in case.
Next up was to find some fabric and I settled on a forest green twill from Spotlight and in my stash I had some wonderful cotton for the pockets.


The construction from there is just like a pair of jeans - you just don't have a crotch seam to sew!

This time I have finally put in the pocket stay, besides keeping your pockets in place which avoids "tucking in" the pocket when getting dressed, it is also known as a "tummy control panel".


 I also edgestitched and topstitched all the seams, including the side seams.

When I went to install the jeans button and rivets I realised that they weren't the same colour so last Saturday night I headed to the M.Recht Accessories website and ordered antique brass jean buttons and nails and much to my delight they arrived on Tuesday, talk about wonderful service!


So here it is!




Wish I could get the colour consistent!

This is a great skirt and can see it getting a lot of wear during summer and even autumn.

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Stash Out:  24.65 m
Stash In:     22.3 m

24 comments:

Dilliander said...

Yes, it is a great skirt and irl looked lovely today with your new RC top!

corecouture said...

You won't believe this but I've just ordered some colourful needle cord to make jeans style skirts - great minds, eh? Thanks for this, very inspiring and a super skirt.

Kristy said...

I meant to tell you how great your skirt looked today (too much other chatting going on!), and even at the end of the day it still looked fresh and crisp. Great fabric and skirt construction

ista said...

It's a [another] great skirt!

KathyS said...

I love your skirt and it looks beautiful with the Rachel Comey blouse. I have been considering buying a jeans skirt pattern but perhaps I will follow your lead and draft my own. Thanks for the helpful directions.

RhondaBuss said...

What a wonderful skirt and the fit is so spot on. Great addition to an already lovely wardrobe :)

LyndaSewing.blogspot.com said...

I always love your choices, your skills, and your outfits. Another great addition!

Jenni said...

What a lovely skirt. As always I am in awe of your perfect fit and finishing. I can see this being a very useful skirt, and the pocket linings are just fab.

Judith said...

Great fit, and such an all-round colour ~ definitely a wardrobe staple winner ... J

BeaJay said...

Looked fab on you at the sewing day yesterday. Great look. Must check out these pocket stays.

Linda said...

Great looking skirt! Great detailing!

Nursebennett said...

Excellent in every way! Very RTW in appearance, except fit, which is obviously custom made for you.

Karen Pior said...

That looks fantastic Sharon. I love the pocket detail stitching. I have to know about pocket stays. What are they and how do you make them? Anything that gives 'tummy support' is definitely a must know!! Cheers, Karen

Carolyn said...

That's a great skirt, and will be a terrific year round staple :)

Gabrielle said...

That looks like such a practical skirt - plus a lovely fit! Your great top stitching is the icing on the cake.

SarahLizSewStyle said...

Yes, the skirt is beautiful, and will be such a staple. I like your contrast tummy stay - they are good, and also a lot neater than pockets that flap around - and helps keep them in place too.

SarahLizSewStyle said...

P.S. Is that your garment of the month - I don't want to assume it is, unless it is :-)

Cherrypix said...

Love those buttons - M Recht really are fabulous. Looks like a very useful skirt!

Gail said...

Didn't realise your skirt was new when I saw it on Saturday. You really are the jean queen.

Goodbye Valentino said...

Love your skirt, Sharon. I'm sure it will easily become a wardrobe staple. I'm jealous that you're approaching summer and warm weather :)

EVESEWCOOL said...

Nice skirt, great pockets! Love the pro finish with the rivets etc

Lisa said...

Your skirt looks terrific! Love all the details you added.

kushami said...

Recently discovered M Recht also! Love your skirt.

kushami said...

Hi Sharon, just a quick question. I notice the M Recht buttons etc. seem to come in a minimum order of 100 on their website. Did you manage to order a small number or did you add them to the stash?
Cheers, Sarah