|Manning Cartell Summer 10/11 - Compulsive Sketcher|
So there was this skirt I made last week for my friend Clara. It's inspired by a Manning Cartell creation I saw in a magazine somewhere however when I went on their website, I couldn't find any pictures of the same skirt! The picture above is in a similar print. Isn't it gorgeous?
You can see pictures of the skirt (and Clara) here: http://jltfk.blogspot.com/2011/04/mini-tutorial-series-continued-manning.html. Originally I made it for the hips, but when she tried it on she wanted it for her waist. So the pictures show a bit of alteration at the back made after the skirt was completed.
Here's how I made it. You'll need:
- 1 piece of lining material
- 1 piece of cloth for the outer layer (a pop print :D)
- An invisible zip, about 40cm long. I got mine at Lincraft.
As with previous tutorials, this one is divided into three sections- Making the pattern, cutting the cloth, and sewing. Please read all the instructions before starting :) And don't forget to click the Facebook 'like' button to share this project with all your crafty friends!
Divide this measurement by 4.
Add 2cm for ease.
Draw this line at the top as shown. I used a French Curve, but you can use a big plate if you want.
This is the hem line of your skirt.
You've just made the pattern for the lining of the skirt, congrats!!
Cut out your pattern :)
Lay out the cut pattern on another sheet of newspaper. Trace the hip line, extending it about 10cm.
Draw down the length, extending it about 50cm below the hem line. Draw your new hem line.
Important: Your pattern doesn't have seam allowances, so you'll need to allow for extra room around the pattern.
Important: Make sure that your lining layer stays straight! Don't fold it at all.
Fold and pin till the hem lines on both the outer and inner layer meet.
We need to cut a slit into the back so that you can have the space to walk in the skirt.
Slide your scissors in between the pop print layer and cut up about 40cm.
In my picture I did this after I folded all the pleats in, but this turned out to be a mistake 'cos after I cut the slit, the different layers didn't match! So cut your slit before pleating :)
Snip the < of the V so that the fabric won't bunch up after your turn it right side out again.
(Yes I did repeat the pictures cos I was so flustered by the slit, I forgot to take photos!)
SEWING - Optional
Start by threading a needle, knot the end, and run your hand between the outer and inner layers, poke the pin through the fold.
Important: Be especially carefully of accidentally sewing the front and back skirts together!
When you pull your thread tight, the fabric should fold back- it's sewn down and won't droop when you wear your skirt.
Make a few small stitches to finish and pull your needle through these stitches. Cut the thread. This avoids the bulk of a knot.
SEWING - Sewing the front and back together and putting in the zip.
Stitch down as shown.
Raise the foot and pull the zip closed.
Continue to stitch the zip down to the end.
For the side with the zip, stitch together the skirt pieces down the rest of the length.
Cut your seams down to about 1.5cm. Iron the seams open. Cut one side down to about half a centimetre.
This is a French seam (I think), and it's really strong for holding together your skirt - you'll get more wears out of it.
Finally, hem your skirt. You're done!!
Haha too cute Clara! Thanks so much again for doing the photo shoot!
As always, feel free to comment below if you have any questions... or comments :)