Sunday, July 6, 2014

French Noir Deux Libby Skirt

What came first - the pattern or the fabric? For me, the fabric - French Noir Deux - a stretch cotton from Tessuti came first. I went into Tessuti and nearly bought it for pants. Then I thought it had too much give for pants and that they would bag out. I went back about 2 weeks later and bought it to make the new free Tessuti pattern, the Libby A-Line Skirt.


I wore it out last weekend to a Japanese bath house and then to a Japanese restaurant for dinner with friends. So... no makeup (can't wear makeup when you're going for a cleansing soak!) - I feel odd looking at blog photos of me with no makeup!

Anyway, back to the fabric for a second. It is a heavy-ish weight stretch cotton. Almost like a denim with a lot of stretch. It has the pattern kind of embossed on it - this is a hand-wash only garment for fear of wearing off the pattern. I absolutely adore this fabric. I was thinking about getting some for a jacket...


The Libby A-Line Skirt is very simple to make. It has waist facings - no waistband. This to me, is much better than an A-Line skirt with a waistband. I could never figure out why I don't like the Colette Patterns Ginger Skirt, and now I know why. The waistband made my tummy pooch out below it. It wasn't comfy or flattering. This is much better. I also like how this looks with a shirt tucked out - I never wear my shirt tucked in anymore.


I made the size 8. I tried on the size 10 in the Tessuti store and it fit perfectly, but this fabric has a lot of stretch so I sized down. I made it in the mid-length - it is probably more in line with the mini length, but I am tall. I am finding that as I get older my skirt lengths get waaaay shorter. Wonder what that is about??!!

The skirt came together in a few hours, including hand-stitching the hem. It is very simple. Has a side invisible zip. I'll be making more. Definitely be making more. How about you? Are you going to give it a go?

29 comments:

  1. Love the fabric & skirt. And you must get more for a jacket. Like you my dress lengths seem to be creeping up with age!

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  2. Haha, I tend to want my skirts a bit shorter these days than a couple years ago as well. No idea why, but I don't have a problem with it. And you definitely got legs to show, lady!


    Nice skirt, love the fabric!

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  3. Lovely skirt and I like the length.

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  4. I think that fabric would be great for a jacket.

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  5. This is lovely, I third everyone else, go & get more for a jacket!!!! ;) - and I have the pattern downloaded, but it's pants time here ;)

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  6. Yes I'll be giving it a go based on how yours looks, love the fit and length. I wish i could wear shorter skirts but alas my legs didnt fair well during pregnancy. And yes i have the exact same issue with my ginger, the location of the waistband is very unflattering, in fact i was just going through my printed pdf patterns the other day and i threw it out as I wouldnt make it again, facings work a lot better for me.

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  7. Cute skirt! Love the fabric. The embossed pattern is a lovely detail.

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  8. Really cute, even with no makeup! Go and buy more fabric!

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  9. The ginger is the only skirt I've made that fits me (thus far)...and I think the waistband is OK (I'm at one with my pot belly these days). This skirt looks great on you...nice pins! As I get older my skirts get longer...hmmm.

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  10. Love this! I've been umming and ahhing over this one, but I don't know why... Perhaps I was tossing it up with a moss mini skirt. But this just seem so much simpler and streamlined and you look fab. I think I'll have to line this one up.

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  11. Hello Rachel. This Tessuti is a good pattern and suits you. I have been thinking of making one in 'pleather'.

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  12. Love this. It really suits you :)

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  13. Hi Maree! I think a pleather version would be gorgeous and really edgy. Looking forward to seeing yours.

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  14. Thanks Jillian! This is going to be controversial, but I think I prefer this to the Moss Mini. It sits really flat across my tummy and is extremely comfortable. Plus I think the shape suits me more than my Moss. You should definitely make one!

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  15. Thanks Melanie. I think the Ginger looks very cute on other people... just not me! Interesting re: skirt lengths...

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  16. Thanks ChaCha. Will have to see if I can get into Tessuti sometime soon.

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  17. Thank you! I really love the fabric - so glad I went back for some!

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  18. That's a big compliment - thanks Emma! It is interesting re: the Ginger - I don't see it on many sewists in 'real life' - wonder if it is a common thing?

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  19. Oooh! Looking forward to seeing some pants! I'm doing a Bellatrix then some pants.

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  20. Thanks Karin! I don't have a problem with my shorter skirts, but I do find it interesting that I want to wear them a lot shorter than even a year ago.

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  21. Thanks Anna. You've got the pins for short skirts/dresses!

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  22. Lovely! I really like the subtleness of the pattern on this fabric.

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  23. Hi Rachel, I really like your skirt and your makes in general. I have been enjoying your blog for a while and have just nominated you for a versatile blogger award on my blog http://pimpmycurtains.blogspot.co.uk. Just letting you know as part of the rules!

    Tamsin

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