This is a Vogue 7252 skirt pattern I bought on a trip to Hay on Wye. I have the evidence here! This pattern only had to wait three years for me to find the inspiration to use it.
If you’re struggling to make out the false wrap detail, here are a couple of close up shots:
I made this in a heavy weight black linen with a gorgeous sheen to it. The edge of the inside wrap skirt piece is finished with bias tape. I used some that I was gifted at a sewing swap:
I love this detail, even though I’m the only person who will ever see it.
The skirt pattern asks for a lot of top stitching but I really didn’t want to mess with all the hand stitching. Following Diary of a Sewing Fanatic’s comprehensive instructions around linen, this fabric had been through both the washing machine and dryer twice. During the hand stitching, I could see that the linen was strong. Even picking a single thread of warp or weft with my needle was enough to anchor stitches, which made for some pretty invisible hand sewing.
Even though the linen was strong, I knew it could stretch with the warmth of a body. So I used strips of organza to stabilise the invisible zip insertion. I took these strips from the selvedge of some groovy organza I bought from The Man Outside Sainsburys:
So, a pattern that waited three years. Fabric that sat patiently for 12 months. There’s a lesson here, I suspect. Inspiration can move at the pace of a glacier carving out a valley. Which makes this outfit the perfect reply to fast fashion.