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It’s been almost a month and I have been asked if this blog is abandoned – No! Absolutely not! I have been quite a bit busy with my little business. And today I am sharing my new design – the Jacqui asymmetrical detail skirt! Let’s take a look at the 3D simulation of this design in various prints and colors:
This lovely skirt features a below the knee length, with a diagonal cut and a flared hem. Asymmetrical details always do magic to flatter the wearer, and flared hem gives a romantic feminine breath to the whole out fit. And what’s more, it goes well with most body shapes!
The Jacqui asymmetrical detail skirt is made in 10 sizes from XXS to 5XL, so you will find yourself a suitable size. As it is a flared design, the most important measurement you need to match is your waist circumference.
The pattern is made using layered PDF, please check for your desired size before printing so you won’t waste your paper. I have included a first page with many details about sizing and printing, so please first read the first page and make sure you know what size you need! If you still do not know how to print a layered PDF, please check for the instruction here.
You can print this using your home printer and A4/Letter paper. I calculated the printing area so that you will be able to use either type of paper to print the pattern out perfectly. Always print the first page first and check with the test square if you are printing at the right scale before you print out the whole pattern – avoid waste of ink and waste of paper, save the earth!
Some PC may print smaller than actual size even when you choose 100% scale – I don’t know why this problem exist, but my HP laptop cannot print true to size. I have to scale up to 103% to get the right size. You may need to check with your PC to see if it prints true to size, if not, scale up a bit.
HOW TO SEW THE JACQUI ASYMMETRICAL DETAIL SKIRT
Jacqui asymmetrical detail skirt is actually a simple one and even beginners can make it! Just be careful with the invisible zipper at the back!
You will need
- Fabric of your choice
- Fusible interfacing
- Invisible zipper
- Scissors, pencil or fabric marker, ruler, pins
- Sewing machine or needle and thread
What fabric can be used for this project? Although it depends on your choice, I recommend using woven fabric. If you want to use stretch fabric, go down one size for better fit. Opt for soft flowy fabric for a romantic look, solid color or fun prints, each will create a unique style (did you see the prints and colors I used in the 3D simulation?)
How much fabric do you need for this piece of garment? You may need to check how much fabric you need before buying. It will depend on the selected pattern size, the width, and design of the fabric you plan to use. Just to be sure, print all the paper patterns and lay them out at the width of fabric you plan to use (usually from 90 to 150 centimeters or 35 to 60 inches). Measure how much fabric you will need. Don’t forget to account for pieces that need to be cut multiple times and pieces that are cut on the fold.
After printing out and taping all the pattern pages together, you will get something similar to this image:
You will see that there are 2 sets of lines on each pattern size. The inner lines are sewing line (and you sew along these lines), and the outer lines are cutting lines (you cut the fabric along these lines, remember the folding lines where you have to fold the fabric before cutting). The distance between sewing line and cutting line is seam allowance, and it varies from point to point. For example, the side seam allowance is about 1/2 inch (1.2cm), and seam allowance at hemline is 1 inch (2.5cm). This is the reason why I do not remove the sewing lines from the pattern. Please use it as a guide to know how much seam allowance you need to give at each seam.
Fabric will be cut into following pieces:
- Front – 1 piece
- Right Back – 1 piece
- Left Back – 1 piece
- Front Waistband – 2 pieces main fabric + 1 piece fusible interfacing
- Back Waistband – 4 pieces main fabric + 2 pieces fusible interfacing
- Skirt Flounce – 2 pieces
Make sure to mark all notches and other design features such as pleats etc. from the pattern piece onto your fabric. When sewing the garment, pay attention to notches, they must match up.
1. Serge the fabric to prevent fraying. If you use non fraying fabric (like fleece or knitted fabric), you can skip this step.
2. Apply fusible interfacing to the front facing and back facing pieces.
3. Pin the outer part of the Right Back Waistband (the part with fusible interfacing) and the Right Back Skirt right side facing. Pin and sew to join.
4. Repeat with the Left Back Skirt and Left Back Waistband.
5. Attach invisible zipper to the back skirt pieces.
6. Close the invisible zipper. Place the joined back skirt and Back Skirt Flounce right side facing. Pin and sew.
7. Place the Front Skirt and Front Skirt Flounce right side facing, pin and sew.
8. Place the Front Skirt and the outer part of the Front Waistband right side facing. Pin and sew.
9. Place the joined front skirt and the joined back skirt right side facing. Match the seam. Pin and sew the side seams of the skirt.
10. Place the inside part of the Front Waistband and Back Waistband right side facing. Sew the side seams.
11. Place the inside part of the Waistband and the outside part of the Waistband. Pin and sew. Remember to match the side seams.
12. Finish the invisible zipper at the back of the skirt. Iron and fold the inside part of the waistband, pin and sew to finish the waistband using stitch in the ditch technique to get the finished waistband.
13. Hem the skirt, and you’re done!
And here is the download link: