Friday, 6 July 2018

Lemon print skirt

I've had this gorgeous Dolce and Gabbana-style cotton (from Pigeon Wishes but no longer in stock) squirrelled away for over a year and have really taken my time deciding what to use it for. I already have a lemon print dress, which I wear quite a lot and is wildly popular with members of the public (I'm complimented on it virtually every time I wear it, which is lovely!) Because of this I figured separates would get a bit more wear than another dress, so decided to make a statement skirt. 


The pattern is the skirt section of the Mortmain dress by Gather, which is the same pattern I used for my first lemon dress. I think a large, bold print like this works particularly well with box pleats. Handily for me, Gather Kits have a blog post on how to make a Mortmain skirt from the dress pattern pieces, which is totally fool proof. The only thing I did differently was to swap the exposed zip for an invisible one. As you can probably see from the photos, I deliberately made the waistband more of a relaxed fit. I decided I'd rather forego the very neat, nipped in look of a perfectly fitted waistband for the comfort factor and ability to eat my dinner without feeling like I'm about to explode.


The skirt is fully lined with Venezia lining fabric which was a perfect colour match to the navy background. It was given to me as a gift from Jo Sews ages ago and is the loveliest lining fabric I've ever sewn with. I'm truly lamenting the fact that it doesn't seem to be available in the UK* (Jo lives in Brussels). Lining the skirt gives it a really nice weight and a bit of structure which I think is good with a pleated skirt. *EDIT: Hoorah, I've now discovered that Venezia lining IS available in the UK from here (Stone Fabrics) in tons of colours. Thank you so much to the readers who pointed this out.


As the print on this skirt is full on lemony, I made a new plain top specifically to wear with it. New Look 6217 is the pattern that keeps on giving and yet again it didn't fail me. I think this is now my sixth version of this top - I've given up blogging about them as I don't want to bore you all to death! You only need half a metre of 150cm wide fabric to make it and I used luxury crepe from Sew Over It which has a lovely drape. 

I really like the whole outfit, which works just as easily for daytime as it does for evening. I was actually wearing flip flops and heels to demonstrate this in the photos below, but my son didn't think to include my feet when he was taking them!

Daytime 
Evening
The skirt (and top) gets its first outing tomorrow at a party...I'll report back! x

33 comments:

  1. You look delightful. Wonderful print, skirt made up beautifully and the top. Looks a wonderful outfit. Have fun mixing and matching.

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    1. Thanks so much Shirley! x

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  2. What a lovely pretty striking outfit - it looks great on you!

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  3. This is a fabulous outfit! I am green with envy. I have missed your posts. I was curious about the lining, so I looked it up and found it in one place in the US, and one place in the UK. Thought I would share.
    https://www.stonefabrics.co.uk/product-category/lining/lining-venezia/

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    1. Ahhhhh wonderful, thanks so much for this! I have no idea how I missed it, (unless they didn't stock it when I was on the prowl?!) I'll edit the post to include the link when I can get onto the computer. X

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    1. Thank you! Can't wait to wear it now! x

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  5. This looks amazing! How lovely to have it fully lined

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    1. Thank you, it does feel lovely being fully lined! x

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  6. Absolutely gorgeous. Have just bought the new look top pattern on your recommendation.

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    1. Ah that's fab, can't recommend it highly enough! x

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  7. You're gorgeous, "Handmade Jane" & so is that outfit! :)

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  8. I love this – I would absolutely wear this outfit all summer long! And I see SOI also stock the luxury crepe in a colour called 'lemon'... I'd be so tempted to try the top in that too...

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  9. Yum, I hope you have a nice tll cold G and T at the party to go with your lemons!

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    1. Vodka and tonic actually, it was a perfect accompaniment! x

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  10. Beautiful outfit, love the colors

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  11. Looks gorgeous, I love it. Love the top too.

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    1. Thanks, the top has turned out to be a perfect match! x

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  12. Gorgeous. I love the lemon fabrics. I've looking for such a fabric all summer.

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  13. This outfit is gorgeous, I have a RTW lemon print skirt in exactly this style, and I always get compliments on it too! maybe the whole world needs more lemon prints?

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  14. The Truro Fabrics "Superior Dress Lining" has the same fibre content as the Venezia lining (75% Tri-acetate and 25% Polyamide) - you might have to get a sample to make sure it's the same stuff though!

    https://www.trurofabrics.com/linings/superior-dress-lining-fabric/superior-lining-fabric-sunshine-yellow.html

    You can also get it from The Lining Company:

    https://www.theliningcompany.co.uk/linings/taffeta-linings/venezia-triacetate-polyamide/

    You can also get it from Stoffen Bestellen based in the Netherlands - I've never bought from there though but it is a bit cheaper, might make up for the higher shipping cost?

    https://www.stoffenbestellen.nl/en/venezia-lining-a20-copy.html

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