Five days to publication and welcome to the fourth project in Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts: the Rusholme – an A-line skirt.
Rusholme is a famous area just to the south of Manchester city centre where I lived during the second year of my degree. It’s situated either side of Oxford Road, one of the main routes into the city and famous for its Indian restaurants, colourful sari shops and celebrated in “Rusholme Ruffians” by Manchester’s own; The Smiths.
Named after its similarity to a letter A shape, an A-line skirt is fitted at the waist and gradually flares out over the hips to the hem. Christian Dior is generally credited with introducing the A-line shape in 1955 with a spring collection that used the shape not only in skirts, but dresses, coats and jackets.
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I don’t know many people that don’t suit an A-line skirt. It’s such a great skirt shape and deserves a place as a staple go-to skirt in your wardrobe. Flattering and comfortable A-line skirts work well in a wide range of fabrics and depending on the details and fabric you use can create lots of different looks.
There are lots of different ways to make this skirt; 3 different lengths, with a faced waist or a waistband, with a centre front pleat, with cut-away front hip pockets that are actually a lot easier to sew than many people think…..
or just completely plain with some contrast topstitching.
In lightweight wools with a lining it can be a smart skirt for the office, a shorter version in denim looks great with contrast topstitching and is perfect with bare legs and trainers in summer or with warm woolly tights and boots in winter. My longer length camel coloured corduroy version with pockets is a great 70’s throwback that still looks great today.
A-line skirts looks great in medium weight woven fabrics such as denims, linen, cotton/linen blends, corduroy, velvet, cotton chintz, cotton poplin, lightweight wools and stretch woven fabrics which have some elastane.
Watch out for skirt number 5 tomorrow!
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All photography is by Julian Ward © Cico Books with styling by Rob Merrett. Illustrations are by Wendy Ward.