I've bought a yard of this Robin's Egg Blue fabric years ago on clearance. It's a thick woven cotton and is actually upholstery fabric, but I thought it would be great for a skirt. I used Simplicity 2451 view C.
The pattern was straight-forward, easy to follow and fit her well.
I added a few steps to make it the finished skirt look more polished and less like a Home-Ec project.
Here's some tips:
Topstitching is a row of stitching close to the seam of the garment.
I think it just makes your garment look more crisp and professional.
You can buy special presser feet for you machine to help you sew straight (Bernina #10). I actually use #5, which is meant for blind hems, but it works great for top-stitching too and it came free with my machine. I just line up the blade along the seam and move my needle to the far left and sew. Perfect stitching every time.
If you don't want to invest in a special foot, just take your time.
You can even use a different color thread for a design element (for example, white thread on navy).
I just used a piece of leftover fabric to make a quick bow (cut out a rectangle, sew right sides together, gather in the middle with fabric strip) for the kick pleat. I don't know if I could pull wearing a bow off, but she is 14 and I think works for her.
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