Friday, 18 July 2014

Alameda skirt

The Alameda skirt is very pretty and this skirt and top fabric is courtesy of Pitt Trading. The wrap top is New Look as I know this top works for me. 
It's winter here, hence the boots.
I'll make the Alameda crop top once our weather warms up with a peplum finish to wear on 'date nights'. I love the versatility of Pauline's pattern. Remember the dress?

I chose these strong colours because they're quiet warm and striking. 

One thing that I love about this Alameda is adding piping. So I got stuck into making matching piping and below is my 'join the bias' sewing picture.
How could your motivation wane when you're using such a great rich-colour fabric?  

Below is the pic of the zipper foot used to sew in the piping cord into the bias strip before sewing the piping on the edge of the skirt seam allowance. 

Pining the finished piping onto the skirt seam allowance was a bit nerve wracking but very doable. The plan to have a great finish on this skirt (and the dress earlier) worked well.
Below is how the seam looks once the piping is sewn onto the skirt seams.



You'll also notice I've ironed on strips of interfacing to prepare the centre back seam for an exposed zipper. Only the metal teeth were exposed this time and not the full zipper tape.

Here's what the external preparation was like. 
I did pin the zipper to the outside to see what version I wanted to use.

This is what I decided upon. 
The inside seams were trimmed back and pinked.


The original plan was to apply an exposed zipper on the dress. I used the skirt to test constructing the exposed zipper after making the chiffon dress.
This blue fabric is light weight but very stable for applying this zipper finish so if you want to try applying an exposed zipper to Alameda, be brave and make up the skirt first. 
Twirling for joy
If you've already bought Alameda, the skirt is fast to sew up.

Thanks for Pauline for this versatile pattern and Pitt Trading for these fabrics and notions. They're both spot on.

38 comments:

beajay said...

Lovely skirt - great twirl there Maria! Gotta love a twirly skirt. Great top too. I have that fabric (top) in a red colour way. Love what you have done with yours.

Sam said...

Love this outfit Maria. The colours and style look great on you. The piping on the skirt is lovely, I'm slightly obsessed with piping recently!

Blogless Anna said...

Great outfit Maria. I love the colours palette and who can go past a twirly skirt!

Kristy Chan said...

You look great in this outfit Maria, those colours are the perfect match for each other

Emma said...

Love these fabrics and pattern choices - great outfit!

Sofie M said...

What a great twirl to that skirt! I love the bright colours for brightening up winter! Thanks for the tutorial about making the piping and how to use the zip foot.

Sheila said...

Very pretty. .. love the colors.

Cennetta said...

Super cute outfit. Love the color combination.

Kyle said...

Twirling for joy--love it! Great color!

CraftedbyCarrie said...

Really cute! I'm planning my Alameda dress now for the sew along!

JustSew Jenna said...

What gorgeous, vibrant colours!! This outfit looks really lovely, I love a bit of piping, its so special!

MushyWear said...

Love the bold colors and lines in this skirt top combo!

Lori said...

Maria, what a pretty outfit and such great details. I really like blue on you.

prttynpnk said...

Frisky!

Velosewer said...

I felt Alameda deserved an obligatory twirl. Looking forward to seeing your make with this fabric Beverley.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Sam. The piping on your formal dress was amazing.
We could start a piping obsessed sewing society:)

Velosewer said...

Thanks Anna. I decided to have a bit of fun with this outfit and twirling seemed appropriate.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Kristy.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Emma.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Sophie. Winter deserves a bit of colour.
Any type of fusing tape helps make the piping easier to sew with. I'll keep an eye out for your makes.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Sheila.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Cennetta. I love the colours you wear.

Velosewer said...

I haven't worked out a decent 'jump for joy' pic yet but I'm working on it.

Velosewer said...

That's great Carrie. I know Pauline has some good posts to help you along. I'll keep an eye out:)

Velosewer said...

I agree. Piping is such a neat detail to add.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Shannon. I'm loving your skirt combo makes. They're really elegant.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Lori. It's a new colour that I'm drawn to.

Velosewer said...

The print is just a step away from grr but still jungle inspired.

Sharon said...

A great little skirt and the colour looks so fresh.

Measure Twice Cut Once said...

Fantastic colours and it's going to be so good with sandals in the summer time too!

Velosewer said...

I think it's the colours that look fresh.

Velosewer said...

And I have just the pair too:)

Pauline alice said...

This outfit looks amazing Maria. Love the colours you chose. Thanks for testing my Alameda pattern!

stevie said...

That does look very striking Maria Great job!

Velosewer said...

You're most welcome. All the best with the sewalong!

Velosewer said...

This was fun to make too Stevie.

Megan O said...

I love your fabric choices and especially like the top. The style and colours are so flattering.

Joy said...

Really cute outfit!

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