Spring is coming and so this will be my last winter sewing project for sure. I can’t wait to sew cotton and light-weight fabrics.
Anyway, this panelled mini skirt come out of my will to try a new silhouette I put together for the Wardorobe Architect 2015 Challenge, this one you can find here, and of my desire to make something simple, but at the same time precious.
I wore it for the first time in a Sunday walk around Lake Como two weekend ago. The shores were deserted, perfect for gazing at the lake and for taking some pics.
I designed the pattern by myself. The panelled skirt is very simple to design: you only have to take the waist and hip circumferences and divide them into the number of panels you want to make, in this case six. To be sure I also took other measurements, for example a circumference between the hip and the hem and the circumference I want for the hem. You also have to take the distance of every circumferences from the waist (for instance, before to measure the hips circumference, take the distance between your waist and hip. Do the same for all the circumferences you take. A string on the waist could help you as point of reference for heights).
On a piece of tissue-paper draw a central line (that will be your grainline). This will be your reference for drawing the heights and the circumferences (divided into six) you have taken before. Then join the points with a ruler or a French curve rulers.
You have to copy this pattern other two times (if you have to cut six panels, you need 3 pieces of the same pattern to cut the fabric).
You can use the patterns also for the facing (or for the lining) or you can make a waistband, as I did.
To be sure, when I cut the fabric I added 2 cm seam allowance (instead of the traditional 1,5 cm) to the sides and 5 cm to the hem of every panel (so if I change my mind about the mini length, I will have enough seam allowance).
I wanted to sew the skirt with a lining (I’d already made it). However, when I wore it I noticed that the skirt was stiffer with the lining. I liked the soft effect of the wool cloth without the lining much more. So I retraced my steps and I unstitched it.
By the way, the fabric is a scrap of the beautiful wool, petrol green, from the Luigi Colombo wool mill bought on Supercut.it I used for my vintage skirt. I’m really happy to have used it again…I love the softness of this cloth!
I sewed all the panels up, finished everything off with my serger, sewed an invisible zipper and a waistband, hemmed up and made the buttonhole by hand (I’m not a masochist, the waistband was too thick for my sewing machine and so I had to sew the buttonhole by hand…sigh!). The button came from my grandmother Martina’s vintage tin box.
I really like this panelled mini skirt…what do you think about it? Sometimes the simple things are the best things! I think I’ll wear it a lot in the next winter.
And now it’s time for spring sewing project finally! :)