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Designer Skirt Secrets

Discover how to duplicate the shape and construction details of luxury ready-to-wear
Threads #198, Aug./Sept. 2018
Specialized sewing techniques result in a skirt that's comfortable, flattering, and long-wearing.

We may wonder how designer ready-to-wear garments differ from other off-the-rack clothes. To find out what justifies the high price tag, I’ve taken a close look at an Yves Saint Laurent pencil skirt, from the Rive Gauche ready-to-wear line.

Woman walking down the street modeling the sewn skirt highlighted in this issue.
You’ll look like a million dollars in a skirt that closely mimics a costly designer example.

In my investigation, I analyzed the design, sewing techniques, and materials used. This deceptively simple skirt is a virtual workshop of high-level techniques, with each small detail beautifully considered and engineered. Join me as I demonstrate how you can incorporate these methods into your sewing. Constructing a garment with luxury techniques isn’t difficult, but it does take a little more time and attention. You will be rewarded with classic, flattering clothing that will be a pleasure to wear for many years.

In this article, you will learn how to analyze the design, update the pattern, and build the skirt.


Mary Funt shares her expertise in couture garment construction techniques at CloningCouture.com.

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