Having made a number of sewing patterns, I found myself longing for something a bit more personal. Whilst I don’t have the skill to go ahead and make that dream dress with multiple layers, ruffles and whatever else come to mind, it doesn’t mean I can’t learn on simpler projects.
Introducing the Ikea Flare Skirt. It is in it’s very essence, a simple full length flare skirt.
Why do I call it the Ikea Flare Skirt? Simple enough; it’s made out of fabric bought from Ikea.
I can’t remember what the fabric was named – from memory it is the grey version of Emmie Ros. I bought it for about KD2.500 (about $8.70) per meter, with a total of 5m. The entire skirt cost me KD12.500 or $42. Of course I had plenty of scrap fabric to spare.
I wanted a skirt that was ideal for windy days; thus some heavy fabric that wouldn’t readily blow up. This fabric is actually quite thick and heavy – suitable more for curtains and furniture than clothing. I feel in love with the pattern and overlooked that fact. Learning from my experiences, I would say that the fabric is indeed too heavy for a full length skirt – though you could probably manage with a shorter skirt. It would fare well in colder climates.
The Ikea Flare Skirt consists of four panels. It’s not quite a full circle skirt as the length of the hem for each panel would not fit perfectly on the fabric (thus some of the flare had to be removed).
The only thing that wasn’t bought at Ikea for this skirt was the button, which was a left over from an earlier project. The waistband for this project is kind of unique in the fact that it doesn’t use interfacing; I added an extra layer of fabric to act as interfacing. Since the fabric is rather thick, it seemed to work without flaw.