February 9, 2015
The skirt, for this week’s post, was inspired by an Elie Saab skirt found on net-a-porter.com a few months ago. The skirt inspiration retailed for more than $2100.00 made out of a silk crepe fabric. I made my version for a lot less!
I styled out this look board a few months ago. I loved the concept of the soft cream maxi skirt against the hard edges of a cropped black jacket. When I was recently gifted this fantastic BCBG jacket, by my husband, this skirt project was pushed up higher on my project priority list!
to see link to products from the lookboard
Although the silk crepe from the Elie Saab skirt would have been divine, I wanted my skirt to be more wearer friendly and versatile. I made my skirt using McCalls 6608 HERE out of a rayon jersey knit. In addition, I added another layer of thin knit as a lining (as the rayon jersey in the cream color was too sheer). I purchased about 5-6 yards of each and spent less than $75.00 between the two fabrics.
Both the skirt and the lining were hemmed using the coverstitch on my serger (which made my life so easy). What the pictures do not show is that the skirt is constructed of panels and gussets. The gussets give the skirt a nice fullness and some drama. I would suggest letting the skirt hang overnight before hemming.
The pattern is extremely easy and I will be making more of these skirts for the summer. Going forward, I will cut about 2 sizes smaller than I usually cut for McCall’s Patterns and I will hem about 1 inch shorter.
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