Here is the fourth version of the wraparound skirt. This time I used a Brown Batik print purchased from New Threads, Weyhill Fairground and a lining of a Brown/Tan striped cotton from my stash.
The construction was fairly straightforward. In order to reduce bulk I stitched the darts in both fabrics and pressed the Batik fabric ones to the centre and the striped fabric ones in the opposite direction. The side seams were all pressed open. I decided that I would make the skirt reversible and also to curve the lower edge of the overlap so that I would not need to be quite so precise when matching the hemline.
I placed the two skirts right sides together and stitched all around excluding the waistline. Then there was some precise turning and pressing involved to ensure that neither fabric showed on the opposite side. I think I have managed to achieve that. I then stitched the two skirts all around the edges using my trusty twin needle. I stitched from the Batik side with Dark Brown thread and had a pale Beige in the bobbin for the Striped side. I had hoped that the zig-zag of the bobbin thread would provide an interesting finish for when the skirt is worn stripe side out but unfortunately the final result is not quite neat enough.
I used Vilene 220 fusible interfacing in the waistband which was cut from 3 widths of the Batik fabric x 4inches wide. Having decided on the length required to hang from the right front (overlap) I pinned the remainder of the waistband to the skirt. I stitched the short ends of the ties right sides together, then folded in ½ inch turnings before folding the band and ties in half and pinning before top stitching the ties and “stitched in the ditch” the waistband. I stitched the buttonhole mid-way between the right side seam and the right back dart. I had found with the Blue linen skirt that the buttonhole needs to be set fairly far around the waistband as otherwise, as I lose weight, the flap of the underside gets drawn through the buttonhole when tying together.
By using two medium cotton fabrics this has provided weight to the skirt which I am sure will make a warm garment to be worn with opaque tights during the coming months.