How to add lining to an unlined skirt

Using the Sew Over It Ava pattern from Septembers kit

A simple, classic A-line skirt is a great pattern to have in your stash as it can be so versatile for any time of year! In September we featured the Sew Over It Ava skirt in our Sewing Society kit and included some stunning leopard print chunky cord, but this skirt could be made as a summer version in some light weight denim or linen as well as a party style version with some fancy, glitzy jacquard fabric!

If you are making version to wear in the winter time and feel like you want to add a lining to the skirt, it's really simple to do! I've made my own party skirt using some of the new jacquards we have in the shop and added a silky smooth cupro lining so that it would slip easily over tights!

Find out how to add a lining to an unlined skirt in my latest YouTube video where I also share other fabric options!

I teamed up my new party skirt with a Closet Core Cielo Top using some of our Blush Textured Satin fabric, which also comes in a festive shade of burgundy! The boxy shape of this garment is held well with the structure of the satin. As the fabric has quite a dense weave, I'd suggest using a microtex needle in your machine, or if you don't have one to hand, make sure its a new needle so its extra sharp. This will minimise the chance of puckers of snags in the fabric as you sew.

For this version of the skirt I added an invisible zip instead of a standard centred zipper - find out my top tips for inserting invisible zips in this blog post. I choose this fun snowball metallic fabric, but we have a few other gorgeous options too!

You can find the Sew Over It Ava skirt pattern available as a pdf from their website.

For the lining I used some of our sandwashed cupro lining as it's smooth and silky so slips easily over tights and leggings. Cupro is derived from cotton fibres so is more breathable than traditional acetate or polyester slippery linings and we have a lovely colour selection available at the moment from neutrals to brights!

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