Uniform Skirt, Prairie Style.
Ok, so by "Prairie" I really mean a lining, a ruffle, and pockets. But I wanted to show the Uniform Skirt (Barcelona Skirt Pattern) with the lined variation. As the weather turns, the added weight of the lining is less of a bother, and it can be really useful depending on your fabric choice. Say you love some kind of itchy wool but it will drive you nuts against your bare legs; line it. Or maybe you can't find anything better than a gorgeous Liberty Lawn which is a tiny bit sheer; line it. There are many reasons to forgo the lining: bulk, extra sewing, clinging lining problems, but sometimes there is no other good option.
Also, lining can provide an opportunity for some fun. Like a lining that shows on purpose. Even just a plain muslin that goes below the skirt an inch or two is really cute. Or try a contrasting print or color down there, surprising in a good way for sure. I chose an expensive ruffle for my lining, meaning I am using Liberty. These bikes are so dear, but only just the littlest bit is enough. Just a quarter yard for the lined pockets and the ruffle, which works out to under 10 bucks. Since my other fabric was quite reasonable, I haven't broke the bank to use something that I truly love.
To do the Prairie version, I just made the skirt according to the pattern (including lining). For the ruffle I cut a quarter yard of the Liberty bikes in half lengthwise creating two long strips. Then I folded it in half wrong sides together to create the finished bottom edge. I basted the folded strips and gathered the ruffle then attached it to the unfinished lining. After attaching, I finished the raw edges together (serger, how I love you) and then topstitched on the lining side of the ruffle to hold the finished seam up, thus keeping the ruffle down.
The pockets this time are a patch pocket with a fold over flap. I couldn't decide on a button so I haven't added it yet. Maybe I will, maybe I won't. I made up the pocket shape easily, and although I like it a lot, think next time I would make it slightly bigger.
Sewing like this is really fun. When I began this project I only knew about half way where I was going. The rest I made up as I went. I think a great simple shaped pattern is a good jumping off point, from there the details can be borrowed from other patterns, made up, or added later on. I find this type of sewing where I make decisions as I go really relaxing. Creativity is what I love about sewing after all.