16 May The New Forty – Garment Number 14
It’s been a while since I’ve refashioned, and I don’t know why. The deconstruction process is always informative, no instructions = freedom to be creative, and since I’ve got nothing invested in the project I’m generally game to try new styles and techniques.
Who knows how long this old Banana Republic bias cut linen skirt has been stashed in a closet. I think my mother found it at a thrift shop.
After washing and drying the skirt to shrink it, I fit the skirt to my waist and removed the waistband starting at the back zipper to 2.5 inches past each side seam. Next the side seams were redrawn with a French curve and a Frixon pen. I wanted the skirt fitted through the hips before flaring. Below is my first draft.
I became tempted to add an insert like I’ve seen on so many beautiful skirts recently. Most of the skirts I’ve admired are silk with organza inserts. Since my skirt was linen I chose a piece of voile from my stash.
I cut off the bottom 3 inches off of the skirt,
New life for sure!
The skirt is lined in a cotton batiste which I cut and hemmed just above the voile insert. Fitting the skirt through the hips keeps the bias flare from overwhelming my short and small frame, and making me look squatty.
So dear Readers, garment number 14 is complete. 26 left to sew and 179 days to go. Things are looking up 🙂