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Skirt that is really a dress

Goth Gardiner

Skirt that is really a dress
« on: January 13, 2018, 11:19:52 AM »
Or perhaps a dress that looks like a skirt.

I want to have a couple of skirts for summer wear but I can't wear skirts as they give me back-ache.

Howevery couture sewing book illustrates severall "skirts" that are really dresses - the skirt is sewn on to light weight top that isn't designed to be seen.

However, as this is for summer I need the tip to be as cool as possible and am not sure what fabric to use.  Culproall? One of the performance fabrics? Or just a cotton?

I am sure someone must have done this before.  Can you give me some ideas?

Gg


BrendaP

Re: Skirt that is really a dress
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2018, 11:46:49 AM »
Culproall?

Do you mean cupro = Cuprammonium?  A form of viscose rayon.  All rayons are regenerated cellulose fibre so not synthetic but not entirely natural.
https://www.naturalclothing.com/modal-rayon-lyocell-cupro-semi-synthetic-fabric/

The advantages of rayon are lightweight, beathable and fairly inexpensive.  Disadvantages are that it usually creases badly.  For what you want it would be a good choice.  Other options would be lightweight 100% cotton lawn or fine silk.
Brenda.  My machines are: Caroline a Singer 201K-3 born 1940, Thirza a Featherweight 221K born 1949, Azilia a Singer 201K born 1957 and Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy about 20 years old. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitcher.
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SingingSinger

Re: Skirt that is really a dress
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2018, 15:26:53 PM »
Oohh! I think I had something like this as a child. Mine was a kilt style skirt attached to a light vest top. Like this:

https://www.gretnagreen.com/girls-dress-stewart-tartan-kilt-with-bodice-p10064#product_information

:)
Mostly a dressmaker with a few other crafts thrown in. Owner of a Bernina 730 Record & a Singer 201K.

Efemera

Re: Skirt that is really a dress
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2018, 17:50:23 PM »
I was just about to say these were around when I was small...

Morgan

Re: Skirt that is really a dress
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2018, 19:42:04 PM »
 any light woven or even a light weight knit in  - silk, cotton, viscose, bamboo
An option is to attach a skirt to a RTW vest/singlet/camisole
Also depending on the style it can be a useful idea to put some elastic at the waist, even 2 or 3 rows of shirring elastic can make a difference.




[size=78%]http://dressagirlaroundtheworld-va.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/the-best-t-shirt-dress-tutorial.html[/size]

Hachi

Re: Skirt that is really a dress
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2018, 09:00:39 AM »
It does not answer your question, but how about a dress pattern that can look like a top & skirt?

Sew Over It Phoebe Dress


Tamanegi Kobo Jasmine


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Iminei

Re: Skirt that is really a dress
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2018, 09:26:34 AM »
 :o  Blinks in surprise at having found herself here  :o

Errrmm, that was a really good tutorial and that tamagotchi dress looks really nice ...

Errrrmmm ... I think I have mislaid something somewhere else ... (scarpers off before anyone notices her)
The Imperfect Perfectionist sews again

Vegegrow

Re: Skirt that is really a dress
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2018, 09:47:26 AM »
I would use a cotton singlet as I can't wear polyester against  my skin it makes me itch.. you could buy a cheap cotton one and give it a try
"The only place where housework comes before needlework is in the dictionary." ~Mary Kurtz

Ohsewsimple

Re: Skirt that is really a dress
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2018, 18:20:16 PM »
Cotton  lawn or voile, viscose lawn or silk habotai would be the finest ones.  Not done this myself but keep thinking I might.  My tutor used to say it was a good idea for those that didn't like things round their waists and those who were larger and didn't want elasticated waists.

Goth Gardiner

Re: Skirt that is really a dress
« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2018, 09:43:14 AM »
Brenda, I did of course mean Cupol.  That has the advantage over Morgan's and Ohsewsimple's suggestios as I know I have some already that I wouldn't mind using, unlike my stack of silk which is just for looking at, not actually for using.  I'd not thought of using a stretch fabric as I'd though the weight of the skirt would pull it out of shape, but of course this doesn't happen on a dress fully made of jersey.  The suggestion of getting a RTW top though has a lot of appear - I bought a couple of full-length slips in a "cool" jersey in the sales, a short version of one of those would be good in warm weather.

The top portion of the Tamaneji dress was what I had in mind, although with the top a bit shorter.  What always surprises me about these posts is where do you find the patterns?  Do you all have photograhic memories?

Many thanks to all of you

GG