For some reason, I’m finding it hard to make up my mind as to the details of this black silk skirt.
I’ve done two knee-length skirts so far and thought of a bunch of things I could do differently on this one: fitted yoke? knife pleats? different pattern layout? After agonising over these points for a while, I decided I’d keep it simple and just do this one like I’ve done the others so far: front and back will be one selvage-to-selvage panel each, big box pleats*, deep hem, unshaped yoke, drawstring doing up at the right side. I’m also going to add side seam pockets. So far, so good.
After coming to a conclusion on these details, I had to go and think of new ones. I’ve never done a skirt using this raw silk before and it’s pretty thin. It might be too insubstantial without some help. I don’t plan to buy lining fabric, but I have three options using fabric I already own: (1) double the fabric so it’s self lined; (2) line with flannel-backed lining in the stash, which is already packed (I’m moving in a couple weeks) and there probably isn’t enough anyway; (3) line with some 100% cotton broadcloth in the stash and there would be enough.
I can’t satisfactorily predict how this skirt will drape, with or without lining. Whatever I do, it’ll be a learning experience – maybe it’ll work, maybe it won’t. But first I have to pick a method. Actually, I was hoping you could pick the method – though I reserve the right not to do it your way if I decide you’re wrong.
* Meaning [big] [box pleats], not [big box] [pleats], which would probably be sourced overseas with poor labour conditions, and then require a lot of driving to get them.