My imperfect pride and joy…The plaid skirt



There she is …my pride and joy! She’s not perfect by any means but the whole process really was (at the time I made it) a huge lip forward for me.

I started dreaming about it a few years ago after seeing Sunny’s. Loved her skirt to bits…However when I tried to get that same fabric she used (yes…I planned to shamelessly copy the whole thing) they were out of it. I think another year passed (or was it two?!) and I finally came across a fabric that I liked and bought it…online! Luckily it was a a very nice quality wool flannel. Soft and very easy to work with so I forgave it for having a very, very muted plaid pattern….my only regret. It might have been from Frabric Mart but it’s been a while so I am not 100% sure. The lining is rayon bemberg in the same gray color.

The pattern is the skirt piece of the Lonsdale dress pattern from Sewaholic. I cut a size 6 and i believe I might have lengthend it a little which in the end wasn’t quite necessary because the skirt is cut on the bias and because of the weight of the fabric it “grew” in length quite a bit.

Speaking of bias and plaid…I am so proud of my pattern matching!


It really is pefect on both the back and front center seams.

I even inserted a handpicked metal zipper…

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And no, the zipper is not visible wheni wear it…my dress form has an weird rear-end…The idea was that the stitches are not visible at all.

The skirt has a horsehair hem which i am a little unusure about. It does give the skirt a nice, fuller silhouette but somehow it feels a little bit costumey when I wear it…And it’s also scratchy…Maybe I will try using Petersham ribbon for hem next time.


The waistband is a straight long rectangle and it’s one of the things i’d change for next time…I don’t like it. I am a pear shape with a pretty accentuated waist so it gapes at the top. The inside was finished with petersham ribbon.


Overall, this is probably the garment I worked on the most…Lots of hanstitching (the waist band, the hem, the zipper) but I like doing it and I think i even like the skirt a bit more because of it.

I will have two Archer shirts coming up!



2 responses »

  1. Beautiful work! Zipper insertion – great job! Never tried hand sewn zipper. Your result got me into thinking to try it in the future.

    • Thank you Ana! You know (I hope) that this post and the few ones following are for you 🙂 Speaking of the handpicked zipper…I highly recommend it with one note: have the skirt on the dress form or maybe even a hanger. I did it first with it laying flat and because of the bias the zipper ended up affecting the way the fabric hanged in the back (it was bunching up). Otherthan that it is ver easy. I used this tutorial to get an idea:

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