Thursday, 17 May 2012

Finished Project: A view of 'D' Hot Pink Toile Skirt.

This hot pink skirt was made with the purpose of being a wearable muslin/toile. I cut View D for the muslin, but ended up cutting View A for the actual skirt

First impressions of this finished skirt, I thought it was too plain. I left it on the sewing table for weeks, waiting for inspiration. A few people suggested buttons on the button, but ohmygosh buttons are expensive! $3/button??!?!?! I have to start going op-shop shopping for buttons.

I was going to sew little ruffles on the back of the skirt, but I wasn't inspired enough (aka lazy because it is winter in Melbourne).

This skirt took about 3-4 hours to complete. I used my overlocker to finish the raw edges and hand sewed the hem. I didn't underline the skirt as per pattern (lazy) but I did make facings and interfaced them.

Hot pink facings.
Forgot to overlock the raw centre seams before inserting zip! Doh.
Overlocked and understitched.


Pattern: V8603, View D
Size: Size 8, but I took it in a little at the back seams (I think??)
Fabric: 1m stretch poplin (poly/spandex)
Notions: Invisible zipper 10" (royal blue), Gutermann thread (733),  0.5m whisperweft interfacing.
    • unlined, un-underlined
    • shortened skirt by heaps,
    • 5cm hem,
Time: 4 hours.
Cost: $0 - fabric, zip, pattern, interfacing all from my stash.

Final thoughts: For what it is - a wearable mock up skirt - it is great. If I ever find those buttons, I'll sew them on. I want six buttons. 

The fabric is not the best, it wrinkles and a tad too shiny, but overall it's good enough for casual or club wear. I don't go to clubs that much these days, but my little sister does and I'm happy for her to take this mini out on the town.

Weekly dressmaking class: My floral vintage Simplicity 3222 is almost complete! 
Sway back has been adjusted. Next up is inserting the invisible zipper, finishing the hem and arm holes and making the cummerband. Can't wait! I am getting so many compliments at class for my fabric and dress. Love that $3/m fabric (on sale!) I've been able to make two dresses out of it, hehe.

Hopefully this Saturday I can go browsing for fabrics for my next project, the McCall's 5850. I want the dress to be dressy but not formal. 

Suggestions for fabrics and colors welcome! Please!! 
I really need some help with this next pattern :)


  1. What a cutie pie skirt. You look great in hot pink, no wonder it is your favourite. x

  2. I've probably already said, but I'm jealous of how fast you whip stuff up. It's fabulous. I love hot pink too! I have some fabric waiting for me to use it.. :)

  3. Your skirt is completely adorable! And I love love love that colour!

  4. That shade of pink becomes you, no wonder it´s your favourite. Great skirt!

  5. LOVE IT! This is gorgeous!!

  6. great little skirt. Maybe you want to make you in denim as it will be a great stable for your wardrobe


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