11 August 2014

Pattern Puzzle - The Japan Skirt - no block required!

The Japan Skirt - Self-drafted Pattern.


Rectangle skirts are nothing new.  What maybe new is the way you work your rectangle.  This particular pattern has been hanging on my pattern rail for at least 8 years.  Originally developed for merino ponti, grading up and down in sizes allows you to cut this pattern in a variety of knit and woven fabrics.

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24 comments:

  1. I have just found your site. Fabulous! I so want to make this skirt. As you say, this would be a wonderful winter skirt in wool.
    -sewingelle

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    1. Hi Sewingelle, thanks for dropping by. Already following you. Love the yellow skirt. :) If you make it we would love to see it. Let us know if you have any questions.

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  2. Wonderful skirt, and agree perfect winter skirt. Just love your material.

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    1. Thanks. I have a weakness for the wonderful colours they have in the african wax prints. So suits our climate here. We would love to see your wool skirt when it's made. :)

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  3. i have one skirt like this for a long time and another which is similar. i can never believe how comfortable they are...... and now i think i will run up another as i have a length of tweed that is to much for a skirt and to little for anything else

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    1. Hi Eimear, thx so much for commenting. Now I have found and followed you on your new blog and added you to my google circles. Love the post about the retro wrap and your colour choices are amazing. Hope you don't mind if I share it on FB. :) Good luck with the skirt and let me know if you have any questions.

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  4. A great alternative for using a woven fabric. I'll give it a try. And thanks for the link :)

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    1. Hi Rhonda. Thx for dropping by. It looks like there is no limit to the number of things you can do with rectangles. :) Look forward to seeing your skirt.

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  5. What a fantastic pattern! I love rectangular skirts. It affords one the ability to play with striped patterns on the fabric. It reminds me a bit of Vogue 2762 (View C, from 20-3) which I have in my stash. I made a wool flannel skirt from it and it draped very well!

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    1. Hi Lovenicky. I agree and I think border print would also work really well. How are your projects going?

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  6. I have just found your site, wonderful. Thank you Ann

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    1. Hi Ann, thanks for dropping by our blog. If you like the #PatternPuzzles please join us on Saturday morning on our FB page for the question and answer style conversation. :) Look forward to seeing you there. The link is at the top right side of this page, just under the link to our website.

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    1. Hi Natasha, thx for dropping by. And thx for sharing my work on your google page. :)

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  8. I'm having trouble getting my head round the construction. Does the zip have both sides of the dart sewn to it?

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    1. Hi Gabrielle. Yes, the zip is located in the dart, if that makes sense. It's one of those sewing moves that only becomes clear when you are on the machine ready to sew. I will try and take a photo of my skirt that shows what I mean. Will include in post above. :)

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  9. Thanks for the clarification. So there are two layers of fabric caught in each side of the zip, with the rest of the seam extending from the bottom.

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    1. Yes two layers caught each side. However I stop the seam before the bottom as marked on the pattern. :) photos on the way!

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  10. Thanks again, the photos are great.

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    1. So you have lined the fabric? The zip and the dart still confuse me. Why not a nice blind zipper in the fold of the fabric...

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    2. Hi MultiVroon, thanks for dropping by. :) It is an invisible zip and it's sewn into the dart space between the skirt and the drape. Have a close look at the last set of photos; you can see the zip open and closed. When I first made this skirt I was also confused about the zip until I actually had to sew it. Then it immediately makes sense. Let me know if you have any questions. :)

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  11. Hi, what a wonderful place you have here! I would love to connect on facebook, as I see you have mentioned it in your comments. Regards Li Li

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    1. Hi Li Li, thx for dropping by. :) The link to our FB page is at the top right of this blog (or search studiofaro). I found your google page. Do you have a FB page?

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