The Anthea Blouse is here!! Again I have taken part of the pattern testing process for Anna Allen Clothing’s newest garment – the Anthea Blouse. A versatile pattern that comes with 2 different versions, dress and blouse and 2 sleeve lengths. If you’ve read my …
Month: April 2021
Choosing a Fabric As soon as I saw this amazing Mind the Maker dot fabric at Minerva I fell in love. Even better it is sustainable organic Ecovero viscose, so much better for the environment than regular viscose. Ecovero is similar Tencel fabric is made …
I got this great pattern in the big Makerist 2-dollar sale. I’ve had my eye on a few patterns, I like to put a load in my wish list whilst deciding. The Leda Skirt has been in there for some time – it was included in the 2 dollar sale! I knew I just had to snap it up.
SELECTING A PATTERN
Like I said previously the Leda skirt by Atelier Vicolo N.6 has been in my wish list for some time. What looks like a simple wrap skirt has a few nice features, such as gathers various panels and pocket details. I also like the fact you it includes two different closures, button or ties. With lockdown and my ever-changing body a wrap skirt is a perfect addition to my wardrobe.
Leda wrap skirt PROCESS
I wanted to created a sustainable project with this one, using fabric already in my stash. As I was using some leftover fabric I had to be clever with my paper pattern placement. Which lead me to the different panels.
I used fabric I had from a previous project. I used the rust and golden tan sanded Tencel from Good Fabric Store. Its the same fabric that I used to make the Pietra Shorts, you can read that blog here.
When working with this Tencel it is quite slippery and can fray a bit. So I made sure was careful when cutting and overlocked as quickly as possible.
This version of the Leda skirt is longer, but the length was determined by the fabric I had leftover. I laid out my pattern pieces, then worked out the longest I could make it and cut all the panels a similar size. Normally, I like to cut all my fabric on the fold; its quicker and it means you can make sure you get the mirrored pattern pieces. This means you’re less likely to make cutting errors. For this pattern, as I wanted to alternate colours of the panels. I had to cut everything out twice and had to work out which way up each pattern piece went.
The first step was constructing the pocket panels. I decided not to cut the pocket edge pieces to save fabric, and I was literally down to my last scraps. I wish I had as this could have created a really lovely contrasting edge.
Then the main skirt panels are all sewn together along with the waistband. The skirt is then gathered onto the waistband. I like to pin the waistband to my ironing board, then I have a set distance to gather it in between.
The skirt is then sewn to the waistband and the ties finished by turning them through. Finally sewing the waistband closed. I then pressed up the hem to the desired length and finished it by turning up a big hem.
So the main adjustment I made to the Leda skirt was creating a midi length, it was obviously an easy adjustment. Having a midi length also made it much more wearable for me. As it a wrap skirt it means you don’t have to think too much about fitting as you can pull it tighter or looser which is perfect for fluctuating weight.
WOULD I MAKE THE LEDA SKIRT AGAIN?
I love how the Leda skirt turned out and can definitely see me wearing it loads and making many more. I’d like to try a shorter version too for the warmer months.
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