Cloth and Hemp Asymmetrical Skirt

  • October 6, 2013 3:28 pm

Cloth and hemp skirt 3Cloth and hemp skirt 1

This is a skirt I made some time ago and have just got around to taking some photos. I wear this quite a lot and often get comments on it. It’s trans-seasonal and works equally well with long boots as it does with sandals. And it’s super-comfy to wear!

The Pattern

I used the same pattern here as for the Woodblock Pocho Skirt. It’s an old Simplicity one that’s been discontinued. One of our lovely readers, Helen suggested Simplicity 4189 (View D) as an alternative, which is similar and is a current design. The main difference is that 4189 has an elastic waist, and I made this skirt (above) with a waist facing and side zipper. I’m pretty keen on elastic waists these days though, for both comfort and speed to make!

The panels are cut so they fall on the bias which gives the skirt a nice drape, and makes it quite fluid.

Simplicity 4189

Rather than join the panels as you usually would, right sides together, I overlapped them leaving the edges raw (as you can see below). I also left the hem raw so it would also fray and add to the textured, earthy look. This also saved time. Yah! I’ve washed it heaps of times and it hasn’t frayed too much

Cloth and hemp skirt 2

The Fabric

For the solid coloured panels, I used a lovely hemp and organic cotton denim that we used to sell in the online store. It has a lovely textural quality with a chambray/mottled denim look. If you’re looking for something similar, this linen blend in a blue denim (below) would work well.

The patterned fabric is a hand-printed design from Julie Patterson’s Workingcloth range which is printed on a raw linen/cotton.

Linen denim blue

For summer skirts in this design, you could also use a nice voile or lawn, or a dressmaking cotton. I wouldn’t use a quilting cotton, no matter how enticing the design is, as I just don’t think it would drape properly in this style. Most dressmaking linens would also be ideal. I’m keen to try this pattern in a stretch jersey too. Maybe with an elastic waist. The possibilities are endless!

Cloth and Hemp skirt 4

Lisa Edwards
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1 Comment

  1. I love your skirt – really fun and funky but not OTT. Love the idea of the ‘outside’ seams and that piece of extra is brilliant! Thanks!


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