A skirt in black denim

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A skirt in black denim

Postby beachlion » Sat Dec 03, 2016 10:29 pm

At the moment, I'm wearing a black kilt (Utkilt) when going out and the weather is reasonable. My wife is OK with it when I'm on my own and a little reserved when we go together. But I think it will getting better over time.
My next step will be out in a skirt but I have to wait untill the weather gets better and my wife is used to it. In and around the house I can wear a skirt but in my daily surroundings I'm slightly hesitant. But when they get used to my kilt, a skirt in almost the same shape will be no problem at all.

So I ordered fabric, black denim at 10oz/sqft, and started sewing.
Length is a little over 21" (54 cm), seam 63" (160 cm) and designed with the Skirtpanel calculator. Pattern made with SketchUp. I made it from 6 panels, zipper at the side and 2 slits of 4" (10 cm) at both sides.

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Re: A skirt in black denim

Postby melsav » Sun Dec 04, 2016 4:03 am

Looks very nice and well made. Very well done :D
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Re: A skirt in black denim

Postby Pdxfashionpioneer » Sun Dec 04, 2016 6:52 am

Like Melsav said.

Great job!
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Re: A skirt in black denim

Postby Caultron » Sun Dec 04, 2016 4:38 pm

Looks great!
Courage, conviction, nerve, verve, dash, panache, guts, nuts, balls, gall, élan, stones, whatever. Get some and get skirted.

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Re: A skirt in black denim

Postby beachlion » Sun Dec 04, 2016 4:48 pm

Thanks for the compliments. Being black, there is not much detail to show.

I wore it this morning and after 10 minutes my wife noticed it. I was wearing a black kilt for some time so it looks quite the same. She is still not enthousiastic about it. Also her best friend who used to be doing breakfast with us Sunday mornings did not comment on it untill my wive made the remark about her discovery. So the friend was also not enthousiastic. But I was not tarred and feathered so at least it is tolerated. They like me in kilts so it is a mental issue. By alternating between kilts and skirts, I hope to blurr them into one type of clothing.
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Re: A skirt in black denim

Postby Caultron » Mon Dec 05, 2016 2:59 am

beachlion wrote:...But I was not tarred and feathered so at least it is tolerated...

Such is progress.
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Re: A skirt in black denim

Postby finrod » Tue Dec 06, 2016 8:05 pm

Well done! Is the zipper integrated into a seam? As you said, it's hard to make out the detail due to the dark fabric.
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Re: A skirt in black denim

Postby beachlion » Tue Dec 06, 2016 10:52 pm

De zipper is in the right hand side seam. This is the easiest way.

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With the zipper pull up it is less visible.

When the zipper is in the front, I use sometimes a lapped zipper. That is almost like a normal fly closure. It is more hassle and the seams need some attention to keep them flat.
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Re: A skirt in black denim

Postby finrod » Wed Dec 07, 2016 4:27 pm

Very nice. I've just started doing centered, in-seam zippers myself. Much less work than other types, especially a full fly. :)

Do you find it at all awkward to reach to the side with both hands to operate the zipper and button? To me it seems like if the zipper is placed exactly at the side, it is ok. But if it is even a little farther toward the back, it becomes difficult to reach.
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Re: A skirt in black denim

Postby Caultron » Wed Dec 07, 2016 5:05 pm

finrod wrote:Very nice. I've just started doing centered, in-seam zippers myself. Much less work than other types, especially a full fly. :)

Do you find it at all awkward to reach to the side with both hands to operate the zipper and button? To me it seems like if the zipper is placed exactly at the side, it is ok. But if it is even a little farther toward the back, it becomes difficult to reach.

Just put the skirt on with the zipper in front and then rotate it.
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Re: A skirt in black denim

Postby beachlion » Wed Dec 07, 2016 5:22 pm

finrod wrote:Very nice. I've just started doing centered, in-seam zippers myself. Much less work than other types, especially a full fly. :)

Do you find it at all awkward to reach to the side with both hands to operate the zipper and button? To me it seems like if the zipper is placed exactly at the side, it is ok. But if it is even a little farther toward the back, it becomes difficult to reach.


I prefer to have a zipper in front. With a side zipper it depends on the shirt I wear and my weight if I turn the skirt after zipping up. If the shirt is smooth and/or my belly is under control it is easy to turn. Otherwise, I zip up at the side but there it is more difficult to handle, to prevent the shirt getting between the zipper. I wanted to make a 6-panel skirt with 4" slits at the sides so I had to go for a side zipper.
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