One of the pins I saved on my Sewing Inspirations - Skirts board is the image below. Something about the "casual chic" combination of the animal-print skirt, plain white tee and classic denim jacket really caught my attention.
Fast-forward several months later, I am leisurely browsing through the clothing racks at Encore Upscale Resale, a local non-profit resale shop in Southfield, when I spotted this leopard-print skirt. I honestly cannot remember how much I paid for it, but I know it wasn't more than a few dollars - maybe $5 or $6...absolutely no more than $10!
|skirt, front view|
|skirt, back view|
As I began examining it, I found the skirt was unlined, 100% Polyester (machine washable...easy care) and was marked size 26, which meant extra width with which to experiment.
|back center seam showed considerable stress|
|inside skirt, front view|
|inside skirt, back view|
|side seam, altered with green thread|
|center back seam (inside view) and messy pinked seams|
|side seams and hem treatment - messy combo|
The facing was stitched into the skirt side seam, which made taking it apart a little more work than I initially expected.
Once disassembled, I was able to layout the skirt pieces and assess which ones could be reused. Given the width and condition of each piece, I was able to use everything, including the original facings.
I used the skirt pieces from Butterick 5566, view A, minus the front overlay piece.
Each pattern piece fit nicely over their corresponding skirt section, but I was concerned because it appeared there wasn't enough fabric length to accommodate the pattern front and back pieces.
As it turned out, the pattern pieces fit well on the skirt fabric and I had no issues with length or construction. I added a rayon bemberg lining...
...and a care label to the back facing.
Here's the reconstructed skirt on my padded dress form...
...and here I am wearing it for the first time on one of my trips to Jackson, MS in March. Not bad for a resale re-fashion, huh?
|Oops...a reflective-selfie fail!|