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No end to weaving

SaoriSkirtPatternThere seems to be no end in sight to weaving and making clothes at the moment. This one was made with my 85cm w i d e width cloth. I still prefer the dynamic feel of narrower textiles but the up side is a very short sewing timeframe because there is far less stitching. This skirt is very easy to make.

This is the result of my first cloth on the WX90. It’s a mix of cotton, organic cotton and silk then cram dyed to give a stronger effect. The pattern is number 30, p56 in the Shitate no Hon clothing book. This book really has a lot of great ideas in it.

It has elastic around the waist because of the limited shaping for the waist. I used fold over elastic which is perfect for this type of design. It is exposed but saves sewing a pocket for the elastic.

The measurements are small so I would recommend taking your own measurements and applying them to the design to check that it will fit or use an old sheet or calico to make a quick mock up toile. I also made longer slits in the central front underskirt panel to get more movement.  Otherwise it’s a very flexible style and very comfy skirt to wear. Imagine using an entirely different weave fabric for the central underskirt panel!  I used the weftwise grain rather than with the warp down the body as with a conventional garment cut. I know this can affect the drape on the body but it is fine in this cloth.

The button closure is decorative only. So you could go mad with it or just go conservative like I did! Basically the skirt piece wraps from the front around the back then to the front again to form the crossover closure style at the front. Another panel creates the underskirt which is stitched at the front only.

Onto the next design…

 

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Love the skirt-do you know if this book will have an english option? thanks

    July 26, 2017
  2. Sorry Kathy
    It is only in English at the moment. So it is an adventure in recognising Japanese kana, hirigana and Katakana. Here is a link to some sewing terms in Japanese which does help at times. “http://www.japanesesewingbooks.com/japanese-sewing-terminology-a-list-of-translated-terms/”

    July 27, 2017
  3. Heather Walters #

    Love this cloth and skirt design Kaz! It must have been quite a different feel using a WX90 too.

    August 6, 2017

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