One of my new clients asked me to replicate a skirt she bought at J Crew some years ago. It fits her perfectly and she wanted to have more versions of it. The original skirt was made from a coral poplin, and she wanted one with a dark chambray (Robert Kaufman Cotton/Linen Chambray Shirting in Indigo from Fabric.com) fabric. It was a fairly simple design with some lovely details.
Piping on the waistband, made from 1/8" cotton cording and bias strips (Coletterie has a good tutorial):
Side seam pockets (I found a good tutorial for adding side seam pockets around a side seam invisible zipper - just ignore the red/white stripe background fabric):
And contrast hem tape with blind hem stitches:
I love it when a garment looks almost as pretty on the inside . . . .
. . . as it does on the outside!
I used the pin-through technique for copying the pattern and it was easy to do but took some patience to do well. I love it when designs like this have that little bit of extra that takes them from simple to special.
Next up, I'm fitting this same client for a corsetted pencil skirt. And if the sky stops being gray long enough to take some pictures, I'll finally be able to show off my new peplum knit tops. Have a great weekend, everyone!