I’ve been working on this skirt for what seems like an age! Finally, I finished it today. I tested out the pattern for a maxi skirt from 1972 first with jersey – you can read about it here
This is the first time I have sewn with silk. On reflection I think I was punching above my weight, but that didn’t seem stop me.
My love of this satin-backed silk from Tessuti made me do it! I had to succeed and I did; kind of…
First of all the pattern calls for the fabric to be cut on the bias, from the way the skirt hangs when I stand still I don’t think I quite nailed that part – oops! I also had trouble getting the fabric to sit flat when inserting the zip. I’ve decided I prefer zips in the back but it’s a personal preference, I know many seamstresses who love side zips.
The other lesson I learnt was to pay attention to interfacing silk waistbands. My waistband could do with much more firmness.
What did work out well was the pattern placement. The fabric has very large pattern repeats. I spent a long time staring at the fabric , trying to imagine how it will looked cut.
I also managed the hem without too many problems. Sewing buddies gave me the best advice about sewing with silk, and I thank them very much. From my first time sewing with silk and their advice I have a list of “must’s”:
- Have patience
- Do not cut or sew silk when tired or hungry, it’s asking for mistakes.
- Use paper designed for cutting silk and other slippery fabrics; it’s a lifesaver
- Baste. Baste. Baste
- Use microtex needles
My love of 70s skirts continues, I’m planning a jersey maxi dress for summer next!
Lisa from Tessuti made up a skirt using a vintage pattern in the same silk but a different colour way, check it out, it’s lovely. Thank-you to Lisa for her encouragement and advice about getting my done! X1