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Boucle Skirt

SuitsMe | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

This spring I made the Channel style jacket demonstrated in last years magazine.  I have enough boucle fabric to make a straight skirt like the one shown in the most recent Threads magazine article about boucle and Channel style jackets.  Do I:

a) use the same channel quilting technique as the jacket?

b) use an interlining such as silk organza?

c) use no interlining?

d) other

I am worried about stress on the seams with such a loose weave.


  1. SewNancy | | #1

    I would interline it with silk organza and line it. I don't think that I would quilt it. Look for couture waistband techniques that line the waistband with the lining fabric so that it isn't too thick. Threads has done articles on this and look at Claire Schaeffers book on couture sewing on how to do this. If you are not using a waistband you can either line to waist and stay the waist line. This is ok, but I was looking inside an expensive rtw skirt at Saks and they used a shaped petersham attached at waist and to the lining at bottom of petersham.
    Beautiful and it gives an extra stability that the lining to waist doesn't

  2. HeartFire2 | | #2

    I would probably quilt it the same as the jacket, there would be no need for a slip or lining that way, it will stabilize the fabric with the quilting to keep it from stretching out of shape - esp. in the rear from sitting down. Waistband or no is just a design option to think about, if you don't use a waistband then you will need to use something to face the waist area to help it maintain its shape, some petersham or grosgrain ribbon between the face fabric and the charmuse lining (the quilting won't go all the way to the top so you can insert it there and just fold in the boucle and charmuse and hand stitch closed.

  3. mem | | #3

    mmmm I would be worried about a droopy seat from sitting and the fabric stretching I would quilt it onto silk organza and then line it . The silk organza will also strengthen the seams.

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      SuitsMe | | #5

      Thanks mem.  I like the idea of quilting with the organza.  It combines the best of the the two options.  I will post the skirt when I get to it.  The matching jacket came out pretty well, but I can't find any decent trim for it.  All I see is ribbon.

      Right now I am working on a mohair overcoat.  That will take a few weeks.

      1. mem | | #6

        I had the same problem with trim and ended up unravelling the boucle and using that to make a plated trim . It worked veru well and didnt have to be perfect as the nubblyness of the boucle was very forgiving!!

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          SuitsMe | | #7

          I don't have much fabric to spare.  I think it's either a matching skirt or matching trim.  Hmmm, what if I worked with some yarn  for the trim....this could get out of control.

          1. mem | | #8

            what about having a skirt which is picking out some of the colour in the jacket and then emphsising that in thetrim which could be made out of both fabrics. The other trim I have seen is strips of bias chiffon which are plaited .That looks great!!

        2. WandaJ | | #9


          Will you please share with us your technique for making the trim you've described? Also, is there a book that you are aware of that will provide information about how to plait your own trim?


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            Becky-book | | #10


            The book  Quick To Make - stylish gifts to craft in a day has directions for Eight-strand English Sennit Braid on page 45.  They are talking about making a belt, but if you used finer thread or yarn you could make braid trim for a garment.

            Hubby gave me several sewing books off my Wish list for Christmas this year!


            ps the back cover has Taunton product #070632

          2. WandaJ | | #11

            Thanks Becky, I will see if the local library has this book.

  4. mem | | #4

    I am makingthe same  thing and Iwant to see yours !!any chance of a picture ???????

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