I didn’t get much sewing done this weekend, but I did catch up on photoshoots for my finished garments from last week, at least. First up is an A-ine, faux-wrap jeanskirt from KnipMode March 09 issue, #12:
It features the very last of my super heavyweight Levis denim that also bore the Thames jeans and the recent KnipMode boyfriend jeans. And stylistically, it’s also got a similar idea, if not construction, to the KnipMode kilt-styled jeanskirt I made a few years ago.
You can see the the faux-wrap flap here:
Esentially, the skirt is a regular A-line, but with an extra partial panel added on top and fixed in one of the side panel seams to create the look of a wrap skirt but without any of the potential flashing. The pockets are then just topstitched on top, and are what hold the flap in place on the right.
The opening is a side zipper, and I decided to keep to the jeans theme here and use one of my favourite brass jeans zippers instead of the regular ol’ plan zipper KnipMode suggested. The patch pockets extend all the way to the true side seams (as opposed to the topstitched side panels) and so get caught in the zipper topstitching on the right, and are caught in the waistband seam at the top, leaving just enough of a slant opening for me to fit my hand through.
The only real change I made here was that I didn’t have enough denim to split the back into three pieces as shown in the crazy fabric layout…
…so instead I kept the back as one full piece and instead topstitched along where the joining seams would’ve been so I still get the effect of having it split. You can’t always take this shortcut, but since the seams were all straight, it worked fine here. I also omitted the back pocket piece as it seemed really fiddly to have a welt pocket in anything denim, and I’ve already got two big pockets on the front for storing stuff.
I also changed around the waistband a bit, leaving out the extra topstitching in the centre of the band, and treating the waistband as one, extending the belt loops to span the entire band, rather than stopping after the topstitching like in the tech drawing.
(Oh, and if you’re wondering, no, I haven’t gone insane and blown $250 on Chanel tights. These are ASOS ‘s version, at a much more reasonable £10!)