This is my second version of the Simplicity 2451 made with wool bought from The Man Outside Sainsburys and leather left over from a leather skirt that Handmade Jane kindly gifted me for refashioning. (My first wool and leather mash up is here, and has become a stalwart of my wardrobe.)
There was very little leather left to play with, so a seam had to go down the centre of my front waistband. Not ideal, but I ain’t gonna lose any sleep. The wool was £6 a metre and I only needed one metre. It is gorgeous wool with a fantastic depth of colour.
Because leather supplies were so limited and because hell would freeze over before I attempted inserting an invisible zip into leather, I only used this detail on the front waistband. Solid colours and different textures mean that accurate seam matching was paramount. Oddly, these seams met perfectly first time. (That’s not me being smug. That’s me being shocked.)
The waistband is meant to be lined with the fashion fabric, but my wool was thick and I didn’t want that extra bulk. Instead, I lined it with some left over pocket lining. Whilst I was at it, I inserted a pretty satin lining for the skirt section. A big huzzah to Huggie Does Homespun who gifted me the satin.
The hem was loosely catch stitched. When I began sewing I thought it was important to hand stitch hems with a tight stitch. Couldn’t be more wrong. You want a relaxed stitch that will move with the skirt and not grip the hem so tightly as to create visible ridges.
A person needs to find their zen place with this type of work. I have a theory that it’s no coincidence Sewists are always so nice to meet in real life. Creatives pour themselves into their makes, and quickly become confronted with who and what they are. Riddled with anger, your body tight with stress? You’re not going to sew very well. Creative activity at its best attracts two sorts of people: those already balanced, or those open to becoming balanced. That’s my theory anyway! (And it has its exceptions, as all theories do.)
This is a long way of saying I love my new skirt! Would you consider meshing two different fabrics in a single make? As for me, I’m already planning my third make of this skirt. I’m sure one more iteration of the Simplicity 2451 should just about do it! I have some nice, soft denim burning a hole in my stash…