If you’ve never had the pleasure of sewing with tencel, you’re totally missing out! I used this beautiful tencel denim to hack the Vanessa Fluid Pants by Jalie Patterns, into a skirt. This fabric from D&H Fabrics Co. has great drape, and would work well for skirts, pants or tops. I like that it’s lightweight, but not so lightweight that I need a slip. I just love Tammy’s wovens! They are high quality and she does such a great job of procuring fabrics that coordinate well with one another.
In case you didn’t know, tencel is a sustainable fiber made from eucalyptus tree wood. It is softer than silk, has amazing breathability and is more absorbent than cotton, making it perfect for summer! Tencel is much easier to iron than cotton and it creases less. Now that I’ve sewn my first garment with tencel, I can see why people love it! It was such a dream to sew with.
Because this fabric is lightweight and I didn’t want it to snag, I used a Microtex needle to sew it. These needles are sharper, perfect for working with delicate fabrics.
I used the top of the pants front and back (omitting the pockets) and hacked the pattern into a skirt. I added a pattern piece for patch pockets. I followed the directions for the waistband.
I installed the last of my eyelets that I used for this hoodie and several other skirts I have yet to blog about.
The drawstring is from Lost Property on Etsy. They have dozens of different colors and this navy matches perfectly!
I’m really pleased with how this skirt turned out! This is the first topstitched waistband I’ve ever sewn. The patch pockets are really fun and I like that the skirt has a fly. The last thing I want to wear during a hot Charleston summer are form fitting shorts. This denim skirt is going to match with everything and will get lots of wear!