It’s here! The Decades of Style Arches Skirt Sew Along. Seems like forever since the last one (the fabulous Sew Chic Valentine Skirt, which you can read about here and purchase the pattern here if you would like to sew this beauty up). This skirt has so many possibilities and we are so sure you’re going to love sewing this and wearing it. So, let’s get started!
Based on a vintage 1940′s design, the Decades of Style Arches skirt is a graceful design that will work well in every wardrobe. The skirt is basically an a-line design with 2 front box pleats that cascade from an arched design that lays just below the waistline.
The back of the skirt is simple with darts radiating from the waist and a center back zipper application. Since the skirt is based on a vintage pattern, the length is rather long, so keep this in mind. I cut 6″ off of the original pattern which resulted in a finished skirt length of just below the knee.
When thinking about fabric choices, keep in mind where you will be wearing the skirt and of course the time of the year. Believe it or not, except in the hottest climates, wool crepe makes a lovely year round fabric choice. The skirt pictured above and in the magazine was made out of wool crepe. It holds the pleats beautifully, and wears effortlessly. Even after an entire day of wearing the skirt, a light steaming is all that will be needed before the skirt is worn again. A wool suiting would also make a lovely fabric choice as would linen and medium to bottom weight cottons. For the sew along, I will be making the skirt out of a medium weight cotton. If using wool crepe, be sure to use your iron and steam the fabric from the wrong side prior to cutting.
During the sew along, I will show you how to underline the skirt. If you have never underlined a garment, I encourage you to give it a try. Once you have underlined a garment, I can assure you that you will want to underline every garment that you make. To underline the skirt, I used a fine weight of cotton batiste. Good cotton batiste can be a little pricey, but it is well worth the investment. Please do not use a cotton muslin or quilting cotton. Neither will give the desired effect and will only add bulk to your finished garment. If you do decide to underline the skirt, you will need the same amount of fabric for the underlining as you need of your fashion fabric. Once you have purchased the batiste, be sure to wash, dry, and iron it before cutting it out.
The arches were accented with top stitching in the sample skirt. For the sew along, I will show you how to accent the arches with piping.
The skirt pattern does not include a pattern for the lining, but I will show you how to alter the pattern to accommodate a lining. Once again, if you would like to line the skirt, you will need the same amount of lining fabric as you need of your fashion fabric. When lining your skirt, think outside the box and use a lining that adds a little fun and maybe an unexpected surprise to your skirt. I had a lovely piece of animal print silk charmeuse that I used for my lining. I enjoy looking at the inside as much as I do the outside!
Please check out this short video for more on fabric choice and pattern elements.
In our next post, I will show you how to baste the underlining to each piece. We will talk about how to apply the piping to the arches. In our next post, you will also see just how easy it is to create a perfect arched point. If only all points could be this easy!!!
Thanks so much for sewing along with me. I think you are going to absolutely love your Decades of Style Arches Skirt!