pattern has been designed to be worn as a suit but each item is available
I have used purple industrial 2 ply crepe and
Yeoman's 4 ply Aurora in black.
The fronts are knitted in Fair Isle, backed with
iron-on nylon to hide the
floats. A clever technique of backing and wrapping the raw edges in one
process is explained. The back is knitted in a very stable rib stitch.
Attaching the rolled edge band trim and assembling the garment are done by
sewing machine. You will need 1 metre of nylon which is enough for 2-3
waistcoats. Further more detailed instructions on the
rolled edge band and
interlock stitch are
available separately. For close up photographs of the rolled edge band and
Fair Isle patterns Click Here.
Both the thick and thin sections of each pleat are shaped from waist to
hip level to reduce bulk over the tummy and at the waist edge of the skirt.
To make the pleat lie flatter against the body, the edge of each thick pleat
is made more pronounced by using extra strands of yarn. The skirt is steamed
in a bag using an In-Ex kit or similar.
Although many different yarns are suitable for this skirt, it is
important to use fine yarns, which can be put together in the ratio of 1:3:4
or close to that. For example, I used purple 2 ply crepe, Hobby by Bramwell
also works well