The Red Arc Skirt

The ‘arc’ pieces of this pattern intrigued me! Something ‘slightly different’ for a pencil skirt!

BurdaStyle Magazine 09-2010 #116

I made this as a toile but liked it enough to finish it, complete with lining. I wore it a few times but felt the defining detail, ie the arc lines were too invisible. So, in a bout of insomnia last weekend, I handstitched rows of white running stitches along the lines, to highlight them.

That’s what it needed!

Here’s what it looked liked without stitching:

I like the way the front pieces wrap to the back. The white stitching makes this stand out better.

Construction was pretty straight forward.  As per instructions, I fused Vilene strips along all curved edges to reduce stretching out. Seems to have worked! An invisible zip is tucked neatly into one of the back panel seams.

The fabric, a stiff  red cotton drill from the IKEA remnant table, is probably a bit too stiff. Won’t use it again for clothing, but it’s wearable. The lining is from my Goldhawk Rd (London) ‘stash’, a poly charmeuse. I love lined skirts, particularly with ‘surprises’ like this print.

The skirt is quite ‘pegged’, despite the back vents. It’s not a skirt for power-walking ;-p