Sunday, 21 July 2013

Pretty sewing

Who doesn't love a challenge to make such a pretty ribbon skirt in colours to suit you?

Here's the original skirt that inspired me. Here's the original Julie Starr Ribbon Skirt that appeared on Pattern Review. The J McLaughlin ribbon skirts that inspired these skirts is now on sale for $70 but was over $200 when it was brought out.
The original ribbon skirt has a narrow waistband, a hidden side zipper, is fully lined, hits above the knee and is a pencil skirt fit.
My skirt is a size 10 using ths skirt from Sew Chic Fifth Avenue. I've used exactly 12 metres of 5cm wide ribbon. The skirt fabric is a loose poly woven fabric. 
I made up the skirt with large stitches to ensure it fitted me. Then I unpicked the side seams and added the ribbons applying the top layer first. I made sure that the ribbons overlapped by 1/2cm. When I first sewed the side seams the ribbons didn't line up so I unpicked the ribbons at the side seams so they would match.

This was not a rushed job.

I didn't want to wreck it because it's so beautiful to assemble.
I really enjoyed planning and making the skirt ribbon layers. So I decided to make a dark colourway version for evening events. PS, we had a cold snap last night hence the boots!
The base of both skirts were remnant fabrics and invisible zips from my stash. The ribbons are what I could get from my local Spotlight store. 
I feel confident enough to make this again - for someone in the family.
These skirts were where I drew a line in the sand to put down the fabric and start working on my studies that I have to finish by September. Sewing something at the end of 3 assessments will be my incentive to get back to sewing. I'll still finish SIL's coat next week but that's business that I promised to finish.

29 comments:

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Both of the skirts are really pretty but I love the neutral one!

BeaJay said...

They certainly are very pretty. Love them both. Very feminine and the sheen is gorgeous.

SarahLizSewStyle said...

Lovely skirt Maria - fiddly and painstaking, but it certainly does look so effective. Study can be a pest, have found that seriously interrupted my sewing for years - good luck with yours, and September is not too far away...

Kat Jackson said...

The effort you've put into the fit and seam matching definitely paid off. These are a very polished style, I like it a lot!

Best of luck with your study. I have great admiration for people who return to study, and I know you'll get the outcome that you desire.

Goodbye Valentino said...

Beautiful, Maria! I'm glad you ended your sewing projects (temporarily) with such fun attire and hope you enjoy the skirts. They are really cute!
Good luck with your studies!

velosewer said...

Thanks for the study encouragement. I appreciate your support.

Summer Flies said...

Oh these are both really beautiful skirts. Having just finished my study, my heartfelt good wishes for your studies.

Cherrypix said...

oh yessss... these are both gorgeous!! My fave is the neutrals one! Can't wait to get on with a ribbon skirt of my own!!!

prttynpnk said...

SSH- this is my favorite version of this that I have seen- I love your colorways and how polished it looks.

L said...

Your skirts are very nice. My favorite is the neutral one.

Lori said...

Maria, you look amazing in your new gorgeous skirts. Both colorways are so pretty and you will get so many compliments when you where them. Great job. Good luck on your studies.

Kyle said...

Those are very pretty skirts!
Good luck with your courses! I'm glad (and you probably are too) that your courses will take just a few months, not a few (or several!) years.

gwensews said...

You are a petty present, all wrapped up in your ribbon skirts! Very clever.

Faye Lewis said...

I agree with you, the skirts are so pretty!

Sandra said...

Both skirts are so lovely, Maria. I couldn't possibly choose a favorite! Thanks for sharing them with us.

Beth (SunnyGal Studio) said...

SO pretty. perfect with a simple top for dressing up. Love the colorways.

Leonie Picton said...

Beautiful skirts! I particularly love the first one, and it loks great with those boots!
I can't wait for you to finish your studies to see what you come up with next! Best wishes for the next few months.

Gail said...

Very pretty indeed! Love the lighter coloured version.

Carolyn said...

These are both so snazzy! I really love the gold one, could be worn both day and night :)

Carolyn said...

Oh, and wishing you the very best with your studies.

Kristy said...

Amazing! You have such patience and attention to detail because they are absolutely perfect. I think the boots are the perfect choice too, it seems to balance out the extreme prettiness of the ribbons. Good luck with the studies, I hope you get study leave from work because that was the only way I got through my post grad studies!

Mrs. Earl Grey said...

I love your ribbon skirt! Your work is impeccable. I made one also and really enjoyed the process. Enjoy all the compliments you are sure to receive!

Giggles said...

Both versions look absolutely stunning. well done :-)

sewbusylizzy said...

love these skirts, so pretty and so dressy. I've just got soooo many things to do before I get to one of those... *sigh* SewLittleTime, TooManyProjects

Sheila said...

Love your skirts, perfect color choices. I have purchased ribbon in the hopes of doing the ribbon skirt.... such an awesome garment.

Diana said...

Beautiful, beautiful! They look great on you. Wow!

Michelle said...

Very, very pretty! I love the effect of the ribboning in combination with the sheen of the fabric!

BeaJay said...

Nice to see you are the featured member of PR for the day. Gave me a big grin to see you.

Megan meggipeg said...

Oooh, these are just lovely. I like the pink and olive one best. It's perfect with those boots too. You should enter the copycat challenge at 'I heart Fabric'. Yours are better than the inspiration.

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