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best material for maxiskirt

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fedupofpoo Tue 13-Aug-13 13:32:58

That is not jersey?would non-stretch cotton work?which kind?I rather make a skirt that doesn't need maybe a heavy fabric?not gonna be floaty tho.or a light fabric and I can wear a underskirt?someone help this beginner pls!

fedupofpoo Tue 13-Aug-13 20:34:00


patchworkchick Thu 15-Aug-13 19:12:55

cottons would work for a summer maxi, go for lighter weight fabric not a quilting weight. Lawn, light weight linens, even soft gingham or chambray - try Fabrics Galore in Battersea (sell a little on line and by post).

RenterNomad Fri 16-Aug-13 21:53:36

Batik fabrik seems to be quite a heavy cotton, good for your purpose?

Jellykat Fri 16-Aug-13 22:08:06

Whats the pattern like? particularly around the waistline..

fedupofpoo Sat 17-Aug-13 19:22:25

erm...dont have a pattern yet.i was thinking to have a look on pinterest?something like that
or that
i got some black jersey,not sure if it would be too clingy?

tb Fri 23-Aug-13 13:16:21

They work well if the pattern is cut 'on the cross' although this needs more material, and you can't use 90cm width unless you insert a triangle near the hem.

A wrap around skirt works well.

In the past, I've had them in cotton, velvet and even a tapestry one that was an upholstery fabric that I'd used to make a matching coat - teenager in the 70s grin

fedupofpoo Sun 01-Sep-13 21:58:26

mmm what's on the cross ad why? a triangle near the hem?

tb Fri 06-Sep-13 17:20:33

On the cross is when the straight up and down 'match with the grain' arrow is at 45 degrees to the selvage. It's the angle you get when you hold a piece of fabric at diagonally opposite corners and you see how much stretch there is.

You need a triangle of material at the corner of the fabric at the side hems because when you cut a pattern 'on the cross' in 36"/90cm fabric the width of an a-line skirt at the hem is too wide for the fabric. You'd only have 4 skirt panels - any more and it would be really difficult to get the layout on a reasonable length of material.

If you've got a knee length skirt pattern that you like, it's quite easy just to pin the pattern pieces onto newspaper, and lengthen them to make a maxi skirt pattern.

Sari fabric lengths would work quite well, but you would probably need lining as the fabric can be quite thin - not to mention see-through.

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