This skirt is heavily influenced by one from the Marc Jacobs fall collection. You’ve seen it. Everyone seems to be blogging about it. When I saw the photo, I went to my fabric collection to find something that can create a reasonable facsimile of it. I found this silk organza and bottom weight cotton that will do nicely. Actually, I found several combinations that would work, and I may indeed make another. I wanted it to be summery, to wear right now.
When I do knockoffs, I tend to take a look at a garment or a photo, then it kind of morphs in my head into something either slightly or radically different. After I completed the project, I checked the photo of the MJ skirt, I realized that the MJ stripes are different widths. It looks to me like the sheer stripes on the original are tulle. I will try to get to a fancy store to get a look at the skirt, but since it seems to be turning into the must-have item for fall, it will probably not be on display on the sales floor. It may take all of my sucking-up skills for me to get the salesperson to fetch one from the back so I can see it.
I stitched the stripes together, finished the seams, and topstitched. The weight of 3 rows of stitching combined with the stiffness of the silk organza gives this skirt a nice bell shape. It has a zipper hidden in the pocket. I did not hem it because I wanted the bottom organza stripe to remain as sheer as possible. The pattern is from Burdastyle 9/09. I used it to make a skirt last year, as well: http://couturearts.wordpress.com/2009/09/22/white-linen-overload/. Actually, I thought to use this pattern while I was wearing the white skirt and sewing together the fabric to make stripes.
Here is the link to the original: http://www.style.com/fashionshows/complete/slideshow/F2010RTW-MJACOBS?event=show2062&designer=design_house57&trend=&iphoto=19