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Lindy Petal skirt – with a stretch piping hem

I kid you not, this is a jersey although it looks like a denim, doesn’t it?

Lindy skirt

it’s quite a robust jersey, but has plenty of stretch and is most definitely not a ponte- it just has a clever twill-like effect to its weave.  Zoe and i both fell for the possibilities when we saw it (independently) over at The Fabric Godmother’s store but it seems to have sold out- [horror!  I suppose when it’s gone, it’s gone!].   Ever striving for comfort this fabric appeared to deliver all the appearance of a nice denim, is warm enough for autumn but hey folks, it stretches (far more than a stretch denim, of course because it isn’t denim!) & being a knit is open to a host of sewing patterns you would never usually contemplate with denim.  Think of the comfort factor!  I did…& just how easily denim slips into your wardrobe, providing the perfect separate for pairing with pattern, colour or not.  But it’s not a denim- you can sew this on your overlocker, it doesn’t fray.  And no I don’t have shares in it, despite appearances.

Lindy skirt

So I bought this last month with the intention to make the Lindy Petal Skirt from Itch to Stitch.   Remember I made the Carey top (out of fabric I bought at the same time also from Fabric Godmother ).  The Lindy Petal skirt is free folks- check it out!  It appealed to me as it is a jersey skirt with a nice double frontage with a curved hemline.  A simple skirt to make I thought & it is.  Except I decided to complicate it by the addition of some hemline piping.

stretch piping

Stretch piping?  I made it myself using round elastic & strips of the fabric I was using for the skirt itself.  And it’s worked out fine in this example, having been worn several times now.  I machine basted the elastic inside the folded strip of fabric (with a long straight stitch- it really would not matter if this snapped through stretching later on, as it was just to form the piping in the first instance to be able to work with it).

Piping - depth of piping lined up with hen edge

Piping – depth of piping lined up with hen edge

I also made sure that the ‘depth’ of binding was sufficient for the depth of the hem that I wanted to make-( mine was about 2cm I think).  I also made sure that the depth of this stretch piping was the same along its length so that I could easily match edge of skirt hem with edge of binding so that my piping would properly follow the skirt hem shape.

There is the side seam- but no join in the piping

There is the side seam- but no join in the piping

But attaching it to the hem involved some thinking through to optimise the effect – I wanted the piping to follow the hem in a continuous line – no joins at the side seams.  This meant I had to construct the skirt in a different order.  It may sound a bit bizarre, but it worked!  Interested at all?  Here are the steps:

  • Make sure you have prepared the skirt before cutting out the fabric so that its length is finished length plus hem allowance (= depth of your binding)
  • Sew the lower 4″ of each side seam – attaching back to each front; press these partial seams at the lower edges.
  • Pin piping to the right side of the skirt hem, all the way around, so that the binding edge (non elastic piping edge) is level with the skirt’s lower edge.  I machine basted too with a long straight stitch & my zip foot.
  • Sew the piping to the skirt edge – I have a piping foot with my overlocker but [sniff] my overlocker is in storage so I used a zig zag and regular machine foot.  I was wavering as this means that you can’t get as close to the piping, but you achieve a stretch stitch.  If you want to get close to the piping you have to sacrifice the stretch stitch.  I am not sure what the answer is, but I basted straight and zig zagged to complete.  Thinking back I may have left my basting in….
  • Fold the bias edge to the inside – this is your hem.  I trimmed the seam so there were less layers, keeping the bias uncut as my hem.  You might want to press before pinning in place.
  • Hem your skirt- I used a twin needle in contrasting thread (adds to the denim look!) & then trimmed really close to the hem stitching to make it even & neat looking.

Lindy skirt

Once the hem is sewn, I constructed the skirt in the usual way.  It was just a back to front order sewing the hem first!

More on the skirt itself then?  Well it has an elastic waistband looking like this …

Lindy skirt

It’s not called Lindy ‘Petal’ skirt unnecessarily …

Lindy skirt

The front really does have petals ….From the back too …

Lindy skirt

I could probably have made it more figure hugging & got away with it, but I made this without looking in a mirror (camping sewing, right?!).  It looked OK & felt OK from where I was looking!

Lindy skirt

And this is becoming a fave working at home skirt – keeps me warmer over leggings but feels as if I am not wearing a skirt at all- so comfy.  And unlike many working at home outfits, this is completely decent for receiving a parcel, popping to the shops, going for a lunch meeting & actually not working but having huge fun with friends or on your own!  I am bound to wear this to the pub.  Just saying, it just hasn’t happened yet.

Now what do you think about adding some piping to something stretchy?  Fancy a closer look to get you thinking?

Lindy skirt piped hem

It really looks like denim, doesn’t it?

While I am here I should confess to having succumbed to the sale over at the Fabric Godmother too.  There are some pieces left for the rest of you, but I did lay my hands on bargains galore!  And then Weaver Dee has been tempting me with emails about discounts & I also fell for some half price McCalls  & Kwik Sew patterns– & before I knew it they had arrived (remember the 10% discount with ‘SCRUFFY’)

So although I am ‘camping’  with the vast bulk (because I do have a ton of sewing related supplies, tools, references & machinery – the boxes do not lie) in storage – it seems as if I am starting a mini stockpile of fabric & even patterns even though I am only ‘visiting’ & my stay here is only temporary.  I just can’t help myself!

Wearing notes:

Sewaholic Renfrew in black micro fleece and unblogged Virginia Leggings complete the outfit.

Itch to Stitch Carey Top in a ditsy floral jersey

Happy birthday to Itch to Stitch!  Kennis contacted me to ask me if I would like to participate in the birthday tour, & whilst I said yes, I went to check out what has been happening over at Itch to Stitch and was pretty impressed with the pattern collection that she has grown in the last year.  (10 patterns from shorts & culottes to dresses!)

As part of the tour, Kennis has arranged for various bloggers to make one of her patterns up – but as a hack.  And there are also giveaways – you get a chance to win some prizes. Kennis has got 7 designers to give away their patterns and 7 product sponsors to give away their products. She will feature 1 designer per day on her site, and one lucky winner will get 2 patterns from that designer.  So make sure you check Itch to Stitch out between the 8th to the 14th October.  Check out more information towards the end of this post …..

So what did i chose to make?  And what kind of hack did I come up with?  Bearing in mind I did not get this sewn before my move ?

Well I chose the Carey top.  I think I do have a thing for slouchy tees after all!!  This is a batwing top with a nice scooped neckline that can be made in a knit or a woven.  It has sleeve panels and drawstrings to ruche the sleeves up.  I opted for knit and bought some of this luscious delores viscose jersey from Fabric Godmother.  Oh it is so soft & so drapey, and the florals are soooo pretty.

Another slouchy top!

Another slouchy top!

So to make mine a hack I decided to do something other than use a contrast lace in the sleeve insert- as that is to me, just a design option.  (But it had been my first thought! hahaha)  I decided to leave out the drawstrings altogther and to incorporate piping (or faux piping) instead.  I used Fold Over Elastic (FOE) in hot pink as my piping – it seemed the way to go.  It did involve a little thought however & an additional step to the sleeve sewing process.  This is what I did if you are interested.  (Sorry no pictures, I am ‘camping’ remember & haven’t the usual space for my sewing paraphernalia ..)

carey top

So I folded the FOE in half & then pinned it to the seamline of each shoulder seam on the front and back bodice pieces.  I stretched the FOE so that it was 4 or 5cm shorter than the actual shoulder seam because 1. the elastic needs a bit of tension otherwise it has a tendency to wrinkle & 2. If there was a ruched effect that too would be OK because this top is designed for ruching. I reckon you could stretch the elastic even more & it would replicate the drawstring, don’t you think.   And the FOE was pinned so that an even amount would show to form the piping.


Once I had machine basted the FOE to the seamline I could attach the sleeve panels.  I sewed the shoulder seams with the bodice piece on top so that I could follow the basting stitches & sew the piping at the right distance.

carey top

And I think it has worked out nicely!  A bit sporty, don’t you think?!

carey top

I followed the instructions for the Carey top for the most part, but did sew the neck band to the outside as a deliberate design detail- I liked the idea that it would be shown this way.

carey top

For info I have sewn this on my regular machine with a narrow zig zag for the seams and a three step zig zag for the hems.

carey top

Looking at the neckline inside too

But due to the order of sewing the seams (eg hems are sewn before side seams) – I did sew a few lines of stitches at the hem edges to keep the seams open but not showing seam allowances at the hem edges. (Are you still with me?!)

carey top

What do you think?  Maybe the sleeves are longer than when ruched & it’s a very roomy batwing, but it is sooo comfy.  Do you think this qualifies as a ‘hack’?

I was provided the Carey top pattern at no cost in exchange for taking part in this birthday tour, and enjoyed making it and now wearing it- it so suits my casual working at home wardrobe.  I have started the Lindy petal skirt (which is free peeps!) & am also attempting to add some piping – but not FOE this time.  I will of course keep you posted 🙂

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