Leatherette snakeskin-effect mini skirt (click to enlarge!)

Leatherette snakeskin-effect mini skirt (click to enlarge!)

I’d set my heart on making a mini skirt for my night at the London Decompression party to celebrate the Burning Man. I found this gorgeous “3D” leatherette snakeskin fabric from Top Fabric of Soho and started my cutting!

It took me about 5-6 hours to complete; it helps to have a sewing machine using a special needle for thick fabrics like leather, suede, etc. and good quality thread that won’t break with a little tension!

For the sewing pattern I returned to my favourite fashion design portal, Burdastyle, to download the pattern no. 09/2012 and make Mod. no. 115. The instructions explain how to print out the pattern to the right scale, but one tip to save paper is to print page 4 of the pattern first (this contains the ‘test square’ for the scaling).

For skirt Mod. no. 115, pages 9 and 14  need not be printed also.  This advice refers to the pattern document titled 115-092012-Schnitt_original.pdf.

I bought just 1 metre of the fabric (width was 140cm, so this was just over the one metre square recommended for the size I was cutting, UK size 10-12).  Since there is no nap or pattern to follow, I was able to optimise the pattern cutting and have enough fabric left to make a second skirt if I wished!

Beautiful texture!

Beautiful texture!

These two pattern pieces are used to cut the fabric and the stretching lining fabric (on the fold).

The instructions are relatively easy to follow. Only the zipper insertion is a bit tricky – there is a downloadable instruction sheet recommended with the pattern, free of charge, which is worth printing out. I found this still a bit tricky at first, and then voila!

The taped printed pattern pieces for the mini skirt. Only 2, so very easy!!!

The taped printed pattern pieces for the mini skirt. Only 2, so very easy!!!

The fabric is cut to create the skirt pieces, using the pattern. Note the drawn darts and stitching lines in pen.

The fabric is cut to create the skirt pieces, using the pattern. Note the drawn darts and stitching lines in pen.

Here, the iron-on interfacing is ironed onto the skirt edge, where the zip will be applied later. This reinforces the fabric.

Here, the iron-on interfacing is ironed onto the skirt edge, where the zip will be applied later. This reinforces the fabric.

Here, the iron-on interfacing is ironed onto the skirt lining upper edge.

Here, the iron-on interfacing is ironed onto the skirt lining upper edge.

The darts are sewn into the skirt lining pieces. I also rechalked the stitching line to make it easier to machine sew later.

The darts are sewn into the skirt lining pieces. I also rechalked the stitching line to make it easier to machine sew later.

Close-up of the dart sewn into the skirt lining

Close-up of the dart sewn into the skirt lining

Close-up of the dart sewn into the skirt

Close-up of the dart sewn into the skirt

Close-up of the dart from the exterior view

Close-up of the dart from the exterior view

View of the invisible zip pinned into the skirt

View of the invisible zip pinned into the skirt

Close up of the invisible zip pinned into the skirt, interior

Close up of the invisible zip pinned into the skirt, interior

View of the invisible zip pinned into the skirt interior

View of the invisible zip pinned into the skirt interior

View of the invisible zip sewn into the skirt, interior

View of the invisible zip sewn into the skirt, interior

View of the invisible zip sewn into the skirt, interior

View of the invisible zip sewn into the skirt, interior

Hemmed skirt lining and skirt

Hemmed skirt lining and skirt

Sewn in zip with a quite tidy finish! Very tricky task.

Sewn in zip with a quite tidy finish! Very tricky task.

And voila!

Originally published: Monday, January 12th, 2015 at 00:08 in Atelier, Inspiration

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2 Responses to “Mini skirt in minutes!”

  1. Ab'yz says:

    What a cool print J! I bet it looks great on you 😉
    I don’t know how you managed to do pictures for every step, as I normally get so caught up in the act of sewing that I completely forget about taking out my camera (none of my last year creations got pictured/exposed on my blog…).

    • Thanks G! I thought you might be intrigued by this sassy little number! I want to make more of these skirts, so watch this space 😉 It is tricky to remember to photograph the steps, and appreciating what might be useful for the reader (or myself, when the time comes to make another one!). The hardest part of this pattern was fitting the inivisible zip, as per BurdaStyle’s instructions… I’m sure there must be an easier way! That said, my sewing machine was fine sewing the zip and there were no problems suing the machine’s special zipper foot (pretty handy those!).

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