Everyone is probably sick to death of hearing me extol the virtues of the peplum, so I won’t. Instead, I will tell you how much I adore this pattern.
|Eva Dress 6111|
This skirt is my third version of this 1945 pattern reproduction from Eva Dress. There are not very many patterns that I love enough to use twice, let alone three times, so you can be sure I am a fan of this one!
The wool was leftover from this suit. I had less than a full yard left, plus randomly shaped bits from the original suit cutting layout. Now, a pencil skirt would be easy enough to squeeze out of the small amount of fabric, but I already have one from the first project, and the fabric weight is really not suitable for anything but a skirt or a pair of pants.
Then I remembered that I have been meaning to make this Eva Dress pattern into a peplumed skirt for over a year. And one of my sewing resolutions for the year is to make more separates, so it was just perfect!
It was necessary to shorten the peplum, but I may have done that anyway for a more contemporary look (and yes, I know this is not what most people would think of as a modern look!) My original idea was to stick the zipper at the center back (instead of the original side zipper) and then brilliantly cover that seam with a second little mini peplum that would snap in place. Well, my leftover fabric pieces were dwindling down to nothing, and the look was going to require one of those half-circle flounce pieces that always takes a great deal more fabric than I think it will. I decided to go ahead and finish the skirt without the extra piece and see if I could live with the effect. And I really like it!
Because of my fabric choice, a lining was necessary. Thankfully I had some blue bemberg laying around. I made a duplicate skirt, and dropped it inside the wool, wrong sides together.
For the waistband, I cut out a rectangle of wool, backed it with some cotton, cut another of rayon, stitched them together at the top, under-stitched the seam allowance to the lining and stitched that to the skirt.
My hem allowances may be the smallest I have ever used, but I do like the length of the skirt, so perhaps it was meant to be.
And, of course, my wool edges are finished with rayon seam binding (french-seams for the the lining).
I entered this project in the 2012 Eva Dress Pattern Contest which is currently running. I would appreciate your votes! And make sure to check out all of the entries – there are some fabulous finished projects in four different categories to whet the creative appetite. I know I feel motivated to get back to my sewing machine!
Skirt: Made by me, Eva Dress 6111
Shoes: Miz Mooz “Lacey” in Blue