A line skirt block

During one of my pattern making classes at Workspace-FADS we all decided that we needed a good A-line skirt block. Now I think that Vogue 1247 is the quintessential A-line skirt. I love the shape and the fact that the pattern is pretty easy to hack. However, I think that this one might become my new favourite skirt.

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So, what can I tell you about this skirt? Well, it has perfect hand sized pockets, and my favourite part which is the scalloped hem. For some reason I’ve always wanted a skirt with a scalloped hem.

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Can you see the scallop lining? It’s a gorgeous Liberty Viyella that I’ve had in my stash since I made my stepdaughter a dress from it more than 20 years ago. I am so happy to have used it up!

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The skirt yoke and pockets are lined with the same Liberty fabric. Here’s a better shot of the hem. I am really pleased with my even scallops.

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I am wearing a new Nettie bodysuit with it. I have been hankering after a black bodysuit for ages, and I found some viscose in my stash which was absolutely perfect. Not sure about the prissy facial expression, I think it’s because I was being rained on!

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I am in the process of making matching underwear to go with the bodysuit. I have made the undies from a 1990s Knitwit pattern, but can’t show them as the leg line is so reminiscent of Olivia Newton John’s outfit in “Let’s get physical”. You know the one – right up to the hip bone. Although they are old fashioned, they are really comfortable, so I’m voting for a return of high cut undies – oh wait, I’m making them so I can do what I want :). I am playing around with drafting a bra for the set, using the book “Bare Essentials” as my guide.

Details: Skirt is self-drafted and is made from a 90¢ corduroy remnant from Spotlight. Lining is Liberty Viyella bought at the Liberty shop in Claremont, which closed down many years ago (sob!). I had a tiny scrap left and I am pleased to have used it. Black Nettie bodysuit from some black viscose bought at Knitwit and made whilst camping last weekend. I am also wearing my red Miette cardigan, and Victorian mourning necklace.

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27 thoughts on “A line skirt block

    1. Thank you Stephanie. I used a cardboard template to create the scallops, and used it to draw the seam allowance around the hem. I then machined along the line very carefully, pivoting at the scallop points.

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  1. You look sensational, Sue! Your red Miette is pure magic on black. You almost made me long for fall… but no, I prefer summer, even if it is hot and humid in Montréal right now.

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  2. Those scallops look so good and Liberty lined! so pretty. I can understand a hankering for a scalloped hem, and when you sew you can make what you hanker for. The whole outfit is perfect.

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  3. Love an A-Line skirt and the scallops make it cheeky. You are getting a lot of use of the Nettie bodysuit pattern and interesting about making the lingerie to match.

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  4. What a brilliant idea. I do feel the need to copy it so more detail would be amazing. It just takes an ordinary A line and makes it fabulous. And I love your comment about “unfashionable” underwear. Yea!

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    1. I shall be doing a tutorial on the scalloping, Kate, so stay tuned. I’m glad you like the idea. If you want an A-line skirt without going to the trouble of making your own pattern, you could adapt Vogue 1247.

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