I am Angela and I love to sew. I started sewing as a child and by the time I was a teenager I was wearing the very latest fashions to go out in. All me-made. I am passionate about reducing the amount of textiles sent to landfill, and encourage you to repurpose fabrics and clothes I started this blog in order to have a way in which to pass on my gained knowledge, and my professional knowledge to you, Sewing is empowering, you can save money by making items, make money by selling then, You can pass your knowledge on to others. What is there not to love? Interestingly I am a direct descendant of the Flemish weavers who came over to England in the 1300's. I find that fascinating especially as most of my family from as far back as I can trace are somehow involved in the manufacturing of fabric . . I have a degree in tailoring with a special interest in WW2 fashion.

Saturday 3 September 2022

Vogue 1787 Asymmetrical Wrap Skirt

 Vogue 1787Asymmetrical Misses skirt 

This misses wrap skirt has shaped bands, asymmetric front button closure with hidden snap, stitched hems. Sits below the waist.It is suitable for Advanced beginners 

This skirt is fabulous and makes a wonderful autumn outfit .
The pattern is  Vogue 1787 and is from Jaycotts.co.uk,  as is the fabric. 

I do love Vogue patterns, they are my go-to brand whenever I want to make myself something a bit different. This particular pattern is a new release.
This pattern lends itself to variations in appearance by adding contrast bands and buttons and using alternative fabrics for example stretch Denim

A word about fabric. One of the reasons I sew for myself is because I like to wear clothes which fit and which are properly made. When I was a teenager all of my clothes were copies of the latest styles in Vogue Magazine. I rarely wore the same thing twice, at least not without altering it first.

 I could not afford to purchase the clothes I love to wear.

Another reason is that I dislike cheap fabric . It is very true that you get what you pay for and a cheap fabric  will always look it.

The fabrics in Jaycotts are carefully chosen to  be of the best quality and at a reasonable price. Plus the organic cottons are environmentally friendly so I have no hesitation in highly recommending them to you.

Vogue patterns are cutting edge and feature designs  by Rachel Comey,Guy Laroche, Zandra Rhodes and more. They are the leading source of licensed couture patterns and new ones are introduced into the range every season.

Vogue Patterns began life in 1905 as a mail-order feature in Vogue Magazine. The designs have always been at the forefront of fashion and have always featured designs from top designers. Couturier patterns appeared as early as 1932, but at first they were not exact reproductions of the fashions shown on Paris runways.
 It was not until 1949 that Vogue Patterns began producing  “Paris Originals” featuring designs from the houses of Balmain, Schiaparelli, Lanvin, and more.
In the last 20 years some limited edition couture patterns have been produced and they remain collectors items . I have a limited edition of the Mondrian Dress from a few years ago.

The fabric I used is this organic Crossweave fabric in Mocha Organic Crossweave
This also  comes in Stone and Dark  Blue 
 You may prefer a stretch denim, this one comes in Indigo and Red 
Red Organic Stretch Denim
There are plenty of other Organic cottons to consider too Organic Cotton Fabric
The skirt is fairly easy to sew, although a complete beginner may struggle with mitred corners and adding the bands, I feel that it is suitable for anyone with a bit of patience. Do mark each piece , especially the bands as it is easy to get the direction of each piece mixed up.

My  crossweave fabric is reversible and so I was able to cut out the bands using the opposite side of the fabric to the main skirt.

There are three main pattern pieces not including the bands , the skirt will look like the picture above once the side seams have been sewn

I found it easier to transfer the pattern markings for the mitres from the pattern onto the fabric as it made hemming much easier 

My apprentice , lucky 

When the skirt is finished apart from the  buttons and buttonholes pause for a minute to check that they are in the correct place for you before actually  stitching them. This way you can fine tune the fit.

The band requires top stitching in the seamline ( stitch in the ditch)
To make this easier I used a specialist foot 
Brother Stitch in the ditch foot
Other brands are available if you have a different make of sewing machine.

Have you noticed that I now have a little bird? She is called lucky and was found during the summer in my friend's garden.  She already has a bird and the two did not get on so I adopted her. Don't let her cuteness fool you - she is a feisty little thing. She is around nine months old  and I have had her for two weeks, but it seems much longer 

My new apprentice loves all things sewing, especially buttons, and spends hours happily throwing them all over the floor. Wish she was as enthusiastic at tidying up.
Life is never dull!

I am wearing my skirt with a burnt orange cashmere cardigan worn back to front with the buttons up my back and tan leather boots.
It also looks fabulous with my leather jacket.
How will you style your skirt?


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