Tweed skirt

Tweed skirt

A-line tweed skirt

Another one of those random little purchases, I was in my local(ish) fabric shop in Wallingford, Village Fabrics, when I saw an end of roll tweed that was a bit of a bargain, I think it was about £20/m down to £12. Sweet little thing, olive green with a large plum coloured check.

There’s something about those fabrics that are so closely intertwined with this lovely country, they’re so nice and warming, tweed especially, Maybe the wool content, or the fact that you know this is made right here in Blighty. Either way, I love it, and never more so than when it’s made into a skirt.

I’ve always encouraged Gems to buy a tweed skirt, but with no success, mainly because they don’t come cheap! So I say to you gents (Of course I’m assuming that there is a male reader of this blog), if you think you’re good lady would look “just dandy” in one of these but isn’t too keen on splashing the cash, make one for her. It really isn’t that difficult. Everyone’s a winner!

I used the New Look multi pattern 6035 for this make. It’s a beauty, really quite simple and includes a jacket, trousers, skirt and a blouse. I think I got this for £5.25!

 

Supplies:

  • 1m of tweed
  • 0.25m of iron on interfacing
  • 1m of purple satin lining
  • Matching olive thread
  • Contrasting lilac thread
  • 1 x 7 inch concealed zip in a matching colour
  • 1 x bar and hook
  • Rotary cutter & mat

New Look Pattern 6035

Process:

For once I followed the instructions….well almost! The original pattern didn’t have a lining as it was for a more summery skirt, rather than an autumnal number such as this. Plus I shortened it a bit too, you’ll find there’s a trend in my sewing for this.

  1. Firstly I use the size guide just and double check the dimensions against Gemma’s. I then cut out the pattern.
  2. Laying out the cloth right side down I place on top the paper pattern. Now as I’m working with a distinctive check I spend extra time getting this centred on the grain of the cloth and to the paper pattern. The last thing I want is people saying “That’s nice, but it’s a bit wonky”.
  3. I choose to weigh the paper pattern down with smooth stones and use a rotary cutter, we all have our preferences and this one works for me and my big clumsy hands. Less pinning means a faster and neater cut for me.
  4. I cut an identical section of the skirt front and back in the lining fabric.
  5. Right sides together I sew up the skirt sides using a straight stitch, leaving a space for the zip on the left side, followed by a trim of the seams and an over-edge zigzag to keep the raw edge from fraying.
  6. I take the lining and with the wrong sides together I sew up the same as the skirt outer, leaving the gap on the left.
  7. The waist band construction and its joining to the skirt takes a little bit of thinking, so I don’t rush, and if I’m ever in doubt, I pin and check before stitching. This skirt also has belt loops, basically this is one long strip of the fabric, pressed in half, then opened out and the raw edges matched on the centre fold. This is then folded in half and edge stitched. I then cut these to the desired length and quantity.
  8. Right sides together I attach the waistband lower edge to the upper edge of the skirt matching the centres and side seams with the belt loops spaced around equally. I run a straight stitch round and press seam upwards.
  9. I then make the placket to cover the zip on the side by folding under and pressing just a little proud from the left side seam.
  10. Again right sides together I attach the waistband inner to the outer, making sure the belt loops are clear and straight stitch.
  11. The next bit is my adaptation, here I slip the lining in between and then fold over the waistband to the inside and top stitch.
  12. I insert the zipper ensuring the lining is stitched as well as the skirt outer as I go.
  13. The belt loops are turned under slightly on the raw end and edge stitched in place.
  14. For the bar and hook I just stitch this in by hand after I’ve fitted it on Gemma first.

15. For the hem I want it to look as sleek as possible, so here I use a blind hem stitch, the result looks really professional so it’s definitely worthwhile taking the time to do right.

So a pretty easy make, albeit with some mildly fiddly bits, but a great result.

Plus I get my aim, which I won’t deny, was to see Gemma in a tweed skirt.

Happy days.

Matt

The stitcher. A magnet for foolery & prankster at heart. Loves being creative, whether with some wood and a saw or with a needle and thread. Attempts to disguise his past time activities as manly pursuits, but is actually pretty handy at sewing!

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