Thursday, 13 November 2014

Books, Bloggers and You Tube to the Rescue!!

I line most of my items because I like the way it makes the garments feel a bit more expensive and well made. It even makes them easier to iron, the VPL doesn't show through and I like the idea that the inside of the garment can be as cute as you like!

 BUT lining vented skirts was something that I just couldn't get.  I went to a class where it was demonstrated and it just seemed like some form of magic that I wouldn't ever be able to get.   I just didn't get it and I wasn't even sure about drafting the pattern for the lining. I'm okay with drafting the pattern for the skirt itself.

Now, I could have just left the linings free hanging like this dress I bought from Marks and Spencer, but I wasn't feeling it, I mean I'm trying to get skills here!

The lining on the back of this vented dress ain't sayin' nothing!
Now Connie Long's Easy Guide to Sewing linings is a great book which I used as a basis for cutting the pattern for lining my pencil skirt but even then I was still being a bit thick on the mechanics of actually sewing the thing together.   Thanks "A Fashionable Stitch" and "Fashion SewingBlog" your clear descriptions and diagrams were the final piece of the puzzle in explaining the conundrum of how to line a vented skirt! If you need help with lining vented skirts see here for Sunni's great tutorial. and see's excellent video explains it all.  Thanks guys.

Now, I've got a thing about pencil skirts.  They go with so much, lend themselves to all kinds of fabrics, patterned or plain. I hope to make more, here are my two lined, vented creations.

Memo to self - cotton linings and opaque tights are not really friends.  The skirt seems to want to ride up. Very annoying! I'll try the smooth viscose lining for my winter skirts. 

Pencil skirt with invisible zip through waistband
The lining, made with viscose material that bad colour run on the test wash and then an even worse dye job to repair, but waste not, want not eh?

Yeahhhh!!! No more shop bought pencil skirts that are too big in the waist and too tight in the hip. No more compromise on the length,  now I can have vents in the back, side or front of my skirt if I want!

Love it!!!!

Pencil skirt made with scraps of mustard cotton with a decorative pleated waistband,
poppers closure with belt loops and lapped zip. Lining is polycotton.


  1. Hello Miss J,

    You are back! And you have been busy too :-)

    I enjoyed the subtle humour in this post, I agree with you about looking for better techniques to improve one’s skills beyond the basic. Thank you for sharing the links to the tutorials, I am keen to try this as I usually leave the lining free-hanging. The fully lined vent looks very professional and the contrasting lining is brilliant.

    Have a lovely weekend.

  2. Hi Nedoux,
    Thanks for your comment, you've really got some fantastic garments made lately, with your skills I'm sure the vented skirt will be a breeze. I'm still working on it, no expert by any means! I hope you have a lovely weekend too!

  3. Lining a garment surely adds something to it; it looks more professional and also in winter there is one more layer to keep you warm. You have done a nice job with your pencil skirts

    1. Dear Eva
      Thanks for your lovely comment. It's true about linings keeping you warmer! I've got a lot more skirts to do, it's just a matter of finding the time!