Friday, February 20, 2015

Thrifty Thursday

And yes, it's Friday!! One of these days I am going to get caught up. I'm determined!!!
Rather than wait and post this next week, I wanted to go ahead and get it posted as I would like to use this pattern for some upcoming drafting posts and I wanted you to have access to the pattern prior to the posts. 
This is the Libby A-line skirt from Tessuti Fabrics, a free pattern. It's a simple pattern, but a very nice one. I love the fit. The pattern is marked for 3 lengths, the longer length that you see below, 
 an above knee length which I made. And it can also be made into a mini, so a length for everyone.
The light in the house was horrible, so I ran out to take this picture. Wow, is it cold outside, 16 degrees!!! And the wind is blowing so it feels even colder. The picture isn't the best, but at least you get an idea of the length. Below is a better picture of the skirt.

The pattern is of course a downloadable pattern. You may also purchase the pattern for $12.00, but I don't see why you would. It's not a large pattern and it goes together quickly and easily. As you can see, there are only 4 pattern pieces. In the above picture, you can see the extension for the longer version that I cut off. This would be a great pattern for someone who is just learning to sew. There are 2 darts in the back skirt, but none in the front. The front and the back are cut on the fold and there is a side seam zipper. 

I lined my skirt. Something that I like to do when lining a skirt is cheat a little on the facing. I picked this up from a Threads article years ago.  
Cut the lining the same as the skirt. Sew the lining together and also sew the facing together at the side seam. Press under the lower edge of the facing 1/4". Place the facing on the lining, matching it along the waistline and the side seam.  Baste the facing to the skirt lining at the waist. Edge stitch the lower edge of the facing to the skirt. The lining will actually act as an interfacing behind the facing. This saves lots of steps and for the most part works very well.  
 The facing and the lining look clean and neat on the inside of the garment.
You can find the pattern HERE. I think you'll be just as happy with it as I am.
The skirt is a real winning combination, easy to make, goes together quickly, and fits well. What more can you ask from a pattern?!!

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  1. What a GREAT way to line a skirt. I've not seen this method before. thanks!!

    1. You can also do this with other garments as well. I read about this maybe 20 years ago and thought it was a great idea. As I said, for the most part, it's a preferred method for me.

    2. I've pulled some of my old Threads magazines and am finding all sorts of good articles with wonderful info I had forgotten about. Those older articles seem much more detailed and thorough than what is being printed now. I'm definitely going to try your method next go around.

    3. I think you'll like it. I agree on the magazine content.

  2. Really great and time saving idea for lining. Thank you!

  3. That's a great idea. Thanks, Rhonda.

  4. Rhonda,
    I love your fabric choices. I haven't tried snakeskin yet; I am looking for the right fabric to make a pair of pants.

  5. Thanks Rhonda,
    I will be trying your method soon!