Leftover Linen



 There are a few things that are not popular at my house and leftovers are one of them which is a real shame given the number of teenagers residing here at any given time.  Like the meal variety that seem to pile up in my freezer, left over fabric piles seem to breed in my fabric cupboard.  I do not like wastage however and I am therefore determined to conquer the leftover aversion.

This piece of linen was leftover from these shorts which have long gone to the second hand shop.  With some creative cutting I knew there would be just enough fabric for Vogue 1247.  In need of a couple of go with everything skirts, my timing couldn't have been more perfect.














I was right, there was only just enough fabric if I put a seam in the waistband and cut the pockets out of something else.  That something else ended up being a piece of white cotton from an old bed valance.  So it couldn't be seen, I made a facing in my linen.



Because a linen skirt with a stretch out seat was a very unappealing option, I lined the skirt with a piece of tie dyed satin that I picked up at the op shop.


This skirt made up beautifully and as expected is now on regular rotation in my work wardrobe.  I am sure it will work just as well as an autumnal skirt when the weather cools.


Comments

  1. Oh, we love leftover meals here because it means a night off cooking. And I find that projects out of my leftover fabrics are my most creative ones.

    The skirt looks great and is in a very versatile neutral colour.

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    1. My leftover fabric makes are my most worn items, go figure!

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  2. I really need to be more creative with my leftover pieces. Your skirt is great! Do you add length to it? I have this pattern and thought it might be too short for me...

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    1. I think you will find this skirt is too short for most people. I had to add over 10cm from memory to get it to an acceptable length.

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  3. What a great skirt. I love those pockets, and the colour makes it so versatile.

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    1. It may be a boring little skirt but sometimes the most boring of clothing items are the true work horses.

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  4. Oh nice way to use those leftovers - your skirt looks fab. I love the pockets on that pattern.

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    1. I love the pockets as well. It makes a rather simple skirt, a little more interesting.

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  5. Wonderful looking skirt. And it used up some of your fabric remnants. I guessed you had lengthened it. Thanks for mentioning roughly how much in one of the comments.

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    1. Thank you! The beauty of this skirt, is it is simple to just lengthen it to however you require without altering the look.

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  6. Love this linen skirt. Such a versatile colour. Thanks for the tip about adding a lining to reduce the linen from bagging out in the seat. I will keep this in mind.

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    1. That is the one real issue with linen! It always looks so crisp and smart when it is new. If only it would stay that way.

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  7. I always have trouble figuring out what to do with leftover pieces of fabric, too. It looks like it'll go with a LOT of things, and the tie-dye lining is fun!

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    1. I am glad I used that lining now! It was only because of lack of inspiration.

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  8. Very nice! The lining is absolutely fab!

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    1. Thank you! Funny, because I nearly threw that lining out due to lack of inspiration!

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  9. Love your skirt -such a great basic without being at all basic . It looks like it will go with everything. I LOVE leftovers -the less cooking the better .

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    1. Definitely...cooking time cuts into sewing time ;)

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  10. Did I miss what pattern this is ? I love the pockets & your fit is great !
    Thx

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