January Challenge – Threads Material Mix

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This month’s challenge was to try something from a Threads Magazine. The challenge I found was “Material Mix” from January 2013. I was already planning on trying to knock off my favorite ready-to-wear skirt purchased from Costco a few years ago, so I thought I’d try and make it in two fabrics and duplicate the kick pleat, also covered in the same issue.

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I started by measuring the Costco skirt carefully and copying it onto drafting vellum to turn measurements into pattern pieces. (Thanks, Jill, for suggesting this method!) I then added 2″ in overall circumference to adjust for my newer girth. The original skirt was made with a substantial ponte knit with stretch. I really like the design of this skirt, especially the triangular piece in the back, but the fabric is starting to pill. The knock-off also needs to stretch, so I had to look through my stretch knit stash.

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There were a few possibilities, some involving non-stretch fabrics mixed with stretch. In the end I chose two similarly weighted ponte knits. After all, this was essentially my muslin and I didn’t want it to go too wrong the first time.

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The original skirt also had a kick pleat that was not too hard to figure out just by looking at it. The Threads article gave some additional directions reinforcing what I could already see. They suggested using interfacing, but I didn’t feel it was necessary and left it out.

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I think in the end, my two fabrics were too lightweight and the skirt could have been a bit more snug. I’m also not sure I like the grey center pieces. I think two less-contrasting colors would have been better. When I have more time, I might make this skirt again with a heavier-weight non-stretch fabric for the center panels and a heavier-weight stretch fabric for the waist and sides. For now, this black/grey rendition is not a bad start and I do love the kick pleat!

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8 thoughts on “January Challenge – Threads Material Mix

  1. Lynne – you did a fantastic job copying your RTW skirt and mixing in different materials. You impress me so!

    I like pbennett2014’s idea to “[a] stripe cut diagonally, creating a V down the center back would look fabulous with coordinating solid color side”. This would be a very cool affect.

    But I am more interested in your fabric swatch tags. Have you blogged about this? Have you brought this to a meetup & I was under a rock?

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  2. Your skirt is really nice. I use the apparel interfacing (Black Easy-Knit) Fusible for a little more body of the ponte knit. I like the two tone skirt. The band on the skirt is pointed toward the hips? That is really spot on.

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  3. Nice! Very impressive job of successfully copying the original. It creates a nice outfit with that top. I like the idea of trying it with woven center panels and heavy-weight knit side panels. I think a muted plaid or stripe cut diagonally, creating a V down the center back would look fabulous with coordinating solid color sides. You could even modify the V-shaped inset to parallel the diagonal lines of the plaid or stripe.

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  4. I really like the contrast panel! When I first looked at the pic I thought you ripped out the center panel and replaced it because it looked like exactly the same skirt, so you did a good job with knocking it off.

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