I’ve not had a plain black skirt for years & have managed along quite happily without feeling the need. But then you’ll see soon that I’ve made another shirt which got me thinking differently. And when you see the shirt (later this week, I promise) you’ll understand.
A little black skirt can be soooo versatile, can’t it? Easy to pair up with a blouse or sweater of most colours (& I know that Susannah & Trinny would tell you otherwise & not to wear colour with black, but I happen to like wearing all sorts of colours with black myself…blues, reds, cream – is that a colour?) So, an urge was born.
The idea of a black skirt grew, & I knew that I had a suitable piece of fabric residing in my stash bought from the Birmingham Rag Market a while ago. This fabric was originally bought for some Clovers as it has some stretch in it, but it has the most gorgeous drape, even if I have no idea what its composition is. The important thing is that it feels nice & not too polyester – ridden.
My little black skirt though was not going to be *just a pencil skirt*. If I was to make a plain black skirt, the design of the skirt had to give back a bit of detail. It was either going to be a Charlotte (but not enough fabric for the ruffle) or the delightful Meringue skirt in the Colette Patterns Handbook. I have lived in my pinstriped meringue & love it.
I decided that I should make it again, in plain black, with polka dot lining & a waistband again (I like waistbands, although the Meringue pattern is drafted with a faced waistline). I learnt a lot about how to line my first Meringue skirt through trial & error,lining the full skirt right down to the scalloped hem (read about it here) & acknowledged that this is not the best way to line the Meringue skirt. This time I would keep the lining free from the hem & use the pattern facing.
OK, the plan was hatched. Just one more detail occurred to me: velvet ric rac. Oh yes! Another way to bring some pizazz into a plain black skirt. I would add velvet ric rac to the waist seam as if it was piping: an echo of the scallops below but in smaller form.
So it all went without a hitch. I followed Lladybird’s invisible zipper method which has an added safety measure of marking stitching end points both sides of your zip to get balance (genius). Now that worked even better for me, & it will be a sure new technique added to my sewing armory now. Thank you Lauren
How it’s possible to make a plain black skirt, not plain.