I bought a lovely navy silk noil. It feels quite like linen, but doesnâ€™t have the unfortunate quality of creasing with even the slightest touch! The skirt is a circle skirt and is made from 12 panels. All the raw edges are finished so that it doesnâ€™t fray, there is an invisible zip and 4 snaps that form the closure on the side.
The top is made from another top that I used as fabric and some bias tape.
The necklace is also made by me (the anchor is fimo clay), the belt is second hand.
The skirt was inspired by a leather skirt I found at Zara, pictured above, I mentally saved it's design and then recreated it in silk rather than leather. The silk has different properties, hence the waistband is flat instead of ruched.
Pattern making! This step sounds complicated but it's rather simple.
Measurements you will need:
Waist, length of skirt.
A.Divide the waist measurement by 2Ï€ to find the radius.
B.Add the length to the radius of the waist.
C. Use the measurement from B and multiply by 2Ï€. This will be the length of your final hem.
D. Divide both the waist measurement and final hem measurement (C) by 12.
E. On a piece of paper, draw a line down the middle representing the length of your skirt plus seam allowance.
Take your waist measurement divided by 12 (D), add seam allowance (for both sides) and centre this value at one end of the line.
Repeat with the hem measurement divided by 12, at the other end of the central line.
F.Connect the ends of the two lines at the top and bottom of the line. You should have a Trapezium shaped pattern piece.
Cut out the pattern piece 12 times from your fabric of choice.
Measure out a waistband, the length of your waist (plus seam allowance on both sides). Mine was 7cm high (plus seam allowance) but it can be any height you please.
Cut out two pieces.
Sew the pieces together, right sides together along one of the long ends.
Sew all the skirt pieces together, right sides together, except for one seam which will become the zip seam.
If you want to finish the raw edges, now is the time to do so.
Iron a fold, as wide as your seam allowance, along the two long sides that are not yet sewn. Make these folds fold onto the wrong side of the fabric.
Fold the waistband with the seam inside and pin the skirt piece between the two layers, lining up the edge of the waist band with the unsewn seam of the skirt. Sew together.
I then top stitched the top of the waistband to help it keep shape.
Sew in a zip and the rest of the last seam. I'm no good at explaining this, and there are so many good videos on youtube for putting in an invisible zip.
Hem the skirt, use a narrow hem because due to the circle nature of the hem, it will be harder to do a larger hem.
(Sorry about the lack of photos for the last steps)