As Katy had mentioned before, we’ve both been bitten by the metallic linen lust bug after seeing Tall Sarah’s amazing metallic linen tap shorts. I decided after seeing the fabric made up in shorts that I needed a metallic linen circle skirt in my life. Have you ever planned a project for a specific fabric without having the fabric yet? I tend to fall for a fabric first and then decide what pattern will be used for it rather than picking a pattern first and then searching for the right fabric. I was on a mission for metallic linen!
I found a whole variety of metallic linens available on the Mood site and was debating on which tone I most wanted when I actually happened upon some on an outing with Katy and Tall Sarah in a very unlikely place – at a local discount fabric store for an incredible price – I couldn’t believe my luck! I scooped up enough to make this skirt and a pair of metallic linen Tap Shorts of my very own. It is a natural colored linen cross-woven with metallic fibers to create a lovely sparkly shimmer.
As you can probably all tell by now, I am a fan of circle skirts – this is the third I’ve made in the past year! (See 1, and 2) They are simple to draft and sew – save for the hem if you stitch it by hand as I had done here. For this particular one I underlined the linen with cotton muslin as it was a tad sheer. I serged the muslin and linen together at the side seams then treated them as a single layer when sewing the side seams, center back, and zipper. I attached the waistband and let the skirt hang overnight for differential stretching on the bias and then re-measured the hemline from the waistband. I cut off the excess and used some single-fold gold bias to finish the bottom hem, then blind hemmed it by hand.
I have loved wearing this since I’ve made it and am having a lot of fun pairing it with different tops and accessories to dress it up or down. I need to make more basic neutrals for my wardrobe – it’s so easy to be seduced by prints when fabric shopping one often overlooks really great solids or ‘workhorse’ materials.
3 yards 45″ wide metallic linen
3 yards 45″ wide cotton muslin
2 packages single-fold bias tape
1 bar hook and eye
Styling: Top, H&M; Shoes, Madewell; Belt, Gap; Earrings, Anthropolgie