Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Ottobre Jenkka Skirt



Pattern: Jenkka Skirt Ottobre 6/2012
Fabric: Red Twill
Size made: 128cm
Alterations: just the waistband fastening

This skirt caught my eye as a potential school skirt option. It is designed to be made from tweed and is fully lined with an invisible zipper. I have done a dry run in some plain heavy weight twill to judge the size. It is in the older girls sizing range in the Ottobre magazine (those few pages towards the back) and my daughter isn't quite there yet, the smallest size is the 128cm. But she does fall into the 122cm size normally so I knew it would be close.



The lining is some lightweight cotton that wouldn't add much bulk to the seams. It wasn't really necessary to add the lining to an otherwise smooth fabric but I wanted to see how easily it all went together. I have seen versions of this skirt in plaid and cord and it looks lovely. 



The edges of the twill frayed easily so I bound all the seams and the hem edge to keep it all neat. (If you are my cousin Molly looking at that binding fabric thinking 'I made a dress out of that fabric once'. Yes *cough* yes you did. You mum gave it to me.)



I swore that the next time I fitted an invisible zip, I would have bought a proper invisible zip foot for the task. I didn't and so this one was done with my normal zip foot. The big surprise was that it went in with no issues. Nobody could be more shocked than me!



I even nearly managed to get those yoke seams to line up. Just a smidge off, but I can live with that. There is a buttonhole on the original pattern but I didn't like the construction of the waistband and think I fudged it anyway. So there is a hook fastening on there instead.



The pattern says to add hanging ribbon loops inside, which I can't help but like. We always run short on trouser/skirt hangers in this house.

 
So there we have it. A pretty new skirt in a bright bold (and difficult to photograph properly) red colour. I handstitched both the waistband and the bottom hem to give it a nicer finish. I am hoping that once it has been washed, my hem stitches will disappear a bit. 

It is a little too big around the waist for her to wear now but I will definitely make this one again. It is a robust yet pretty design. 

10 comments:

  1. Oh! This is just gorgeous in red!! I love the lining! Thanks for including photos of that too. Now if I just heap extra lasagna on my girl's plate tonight maybe she will grow into this pattern faster.

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    1. It is always good to have clothes ready and waiting. The rate my daughter is growing she will be in this after Christmas! I enjoyed sewing this.

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  2. What a lovely skirt!
    Beautifully made and finished.
    I don't use a invisible zipper foot and I don't have any problems at all. I don't think Justine does either and she is the invisible zipper spoke person.

    You girls are tempting me with Ottobre.....

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    1. Thanks Nicole! I got my Fairytale pattern notes out to help with the zip. Ironing the coils flat I think helped in getting a good finish. Ottobre magazines are so great for leafing through, there are loads of tempting clothes. The instructions can be infuriatingly brief but if you know what you are doing (as you do) it isn't a problem.

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  3. My goodness this skirt is gorgeous! The details are just beautiful. I absolutely love those bound seams.

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    1. Thanks Brittney! The inside is my favourite bit!

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  4. I really really love this Katy - the colour, the pleats, the perfect finishing....
    Think I may need this edition now.....
    (& Nicole's right - I don't use an invisible zipper foot!)

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    1. The zipper queen has spoken! ;-) Some of the clothes on my selfish sewing list have zips so I just need to keep practicing. This Ottobre is an autumn/winter edition and has lots of coats, fleeces and winter dresses in. Plus 3 duffle coats! It is pretty good but has more boys clothes than girls.

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  5. This is a gorgeous skirt. I like the straight lining under the pleats. Looks very professional especially with your seam binding

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  6. The skirt is lovely, Katy! And finished so nicely.:)

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