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Check Suiting Fabric Retro Skirt

Hi Minerva Makers, today I am happy to share with you my most recent make for Minerva!
I am addicted to retro style clothes but also need to have in mind the office dress code. When I saw this fabric I thought it would be perfect for a 70s style skirt for which I have an old pattern, so the decision was made there and then. This pretty check suiting fabric is made of polyester, is very nice and soft to the touch and has a great drape. It is light to medium weight and is perfect for making trousers, skirts and dresses. I pre-washed the fabric before cutting. 
I was planning to make a lined skirt to wear it with a turtle neck top or body during the winter but when I received my order I noticed how beautiful the drape is so I opted for an unlined skirt. The bonus of this gorgeous fabric is that it can be paired with other clothes of three colours: black, camel and orange. Look closer to this perfect combination:
Details on the Pattern and Fabric used:
I used this gorgeous Check Suiting Fabric for my skirt. Small checks are my addiction for dresses and office wear!
I used a very old Burda pattern 7283. 
You can use these patterns for the same shape, New Look 6346Simplicity 8019 or McCalls 7906.
I also used some Cotton Bias Binding Tape of a contrast colour just because I wanted all the seams to be closed as the skirt is not lined.
Instead of buttons I used Press Fasteners and this tool to attach them: Prym Love Vario Piercing & Snap Tool
The pattern for this high waist flared skirt is a very easy make. I just made a mistake cutting the pattern and missed one seam allowance on the front facing so had to save the situation with a bias binding tape. Otherwise I could have used the bias tape to close the facing only. I never read the instructions so I was punished now and spent more time to invent a solution :) 
For some reason this Burda pattern has a back seam. When I make self drafted patterns I try to avoid a lot of seams just to have a finished garment in less time. Two darts on the back skirt panel would be more logic for me than the centre seam but I decided not to make any modifications this time. The pattern also suggests a back zipper for a B view.
For me this pattern has a very 70s look  and I was just waiting for the right fabric to make it! The 60s fashion style was still in effect in the 70s in a way and midi or long skirts were paired with short jackets. This is what I have in my mind and am going to make a shawl collar short jacket to match the skirt but for now I will be wearing the skirt with a long sleeve body or a blouse with cuffed sleeves and high heels for the office. A professional look shouldn’t be boring I think! I love it when colleagues are jealous too :) 
Thanks for reading!
Olga.
For more about my makes find me on Instagram @olgatailor

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