by Diva Gigi
Before I cut out my skirt I checked the finished length on the pattern envelope – 21″. Perfect, or so I thought. Don’t be misled – the finished length is 21″ from the top of the fold-over waistband to the hem. But, once the waistband is folded over the actual length is about 18″. Just a wee bit too short for me!
However, I was happy with the way the skirt fit so I simply added 3.5″ of length just below the hip (don’t forget to lengthen the lining as well). If you simply add on at the hem you will increase the circumference and, therefore, the bubble-factor. I wanted just a touch of bubble on a slim skirt so this worked out perfectly.
I chose a rayon/lycra jersey from Lucy’s Fabrics for the final skirt. I was a bit short on fabric and am not at all happy with the accidental almost-match of the waistband. However, I’ll be wearing a wrap blouse with it so that part will be covered anyway. Notice that I also eliminated the fold-over cuff on the waistband. I used a slippery nylon/lycra stretch lining from Emma One Sock to line the skirt and underline the waistband. The waistband does not call for lining but my jersey was rather thin and drapey so this beefed it up a bit.