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Her Name is Rio and She Greenwich

By Clareszabo
As some of you might know, I love Whistles. But, unfortunately my bank balance doesn't love their prices - plus if you can make it, why buy it - right?
I love the SS14 collection from Whistles. Metallic skirts, midi length skirts, casual weekend shirts... it really is the style that I like and want...NOW.
For a while I have been in love with their feather print skirt and top. It's a glorious feminine print made in silk organza with a full skirt. The skirt is really cool as the lining finishes a little shorter to allow the bottom to be sheer.
When I was in NYC in March, I hunted high and low for a similar print. Unfortunately, there was no pink feather print to be found, but I did spot a lovely cotton ikat on one of my last days in Mood. It's sheer and light enough for this look and is ultra feminine.
Her name is Rio and she Greenwich
There was no need for a pattern for this skirt. I just used the width of the fabric and gathered it to my waist measurement. I then cut a waistband the desired width (plus seam allowance and a little extra allowing for the fold - remember when you fold a fabric you will lose some measurement in that fold) and the desired length (plus seam allowance and extra to create a button tab).
It's then a very straightforward case of attaching the band to the skirt (after you insert a zip) and ta-da, skirt!
Her name is Rio and she Greenwich
Because this ikat was very sheer, I bought a gorgeous almost pale peach voile from Rolls and Rems and hemmed it above my knee to create the sheer bottom as per the Whistles version.
Her name is Rio and she Greenwich
I am standing like this to show you sheerness, but also because I am a ladyyyyy.
For the lining, I just drafted a very simple skirt block but instead of sewing the darts, I used pleats. Using pleats in a lining allows for a little more movement anyway not to mention being a quick job. I then attached the gathered skirt to the lining before adding the waistband to both layers.
For the ikat, I only had one seam (on the side) and used a french seam to finish. I inserted a 9" invisible zip to the ikat only and then hand-sewed the lining to the zip tape. I finished both skirt hems on the machine.
Her name is Rio and she Greenwich
This skirt feels super nice on and I can't wait to rock it in Brazil for cocktails with Don...oops I mean Mr Szabo. Have you started summer sewing yet?

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