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I only own one casual skirt so I can confess that I was more than happy to see Kennis looking for tester for her new skirt pattern, the Taroko skirt.
I knew what type of fabric I wanted to use: some rust corduroy from my fabric mega box.
The Taroko skirt
This skirt pattern is available as a PDF only, with layers, and the sizing ranges from US 00 to 40.
Taroko features elegant princess seams, front and back patch pockets.
All of the seams are topstitched, giving you some free psace to experiment with variegated threads or heavier colorful threads.
Taroko* offers a contoured waistband, closed by a zipper and button.
Total length is just above the knee.
My corduroy Taroko
This rust corduroy comes from the mystery fabric mega box I bought from the Fabric Baron last year. If you want to know more about these mystery boxes, I shot a video (subtitled in English).
I really couldn’t make up my mind about the right project for this fabric: a bootcut Ginger jean since I enjoyed sewing my skinny Ginger? Dungarees?
Then came the call for testers and I knew that this fabric would make a perfect skirt, even if rust+ corduroy screams FALL to me…at least, I’ll be ready next fall!
According to the size chart, I cut a size 6 waist blended to 8 at the hips.
Blending was straightforward (if you’re new to blending, Kennis has instructions in her booklet).
Tips and tricks for sewing corduroy
Don’t forget that corduroy has a nap! If you feel it and it’s a bit scratchy, you’re not good!
Your fabric layers may shift when sewing, as if one of the layers was ‘growing’. Trying pinning or, best, use a walking foot. You could also baste by hand.
Don’t crush the pile! use a pressing cloth, do not lay your iron, use plenty of steam.
I really butchered my topstitching. I should have topstitched further from the seam line because the pile is eagerly eating up my topstitching lines.
I love that A-line shape. It’s cute and that skirt is rather quick to sew. Next on will be even quicker since I’ll skip the front pockets!