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.