these white legs are going to see some sunshine. it’s a little scary but I’m a brave woman. I started making this skirt when I joined in with the fantastic sew-a-long cal patch is hosting on her blog hodge podge farm.
the sew-a-long is so exciting because it includes drafting a skirt pattern yourself. cal is, of course, the expert on this and offers great tips to help it happen successfully both in her book and on her blog. I made my muslin in the standard method with darts but when it came to make the ‘real’ skirt I decided to play around a bit. I skipped the darts and instead used the dart placement to create panels of fabric. I created a kind of faux-piping using strips of a lovely cinnamon and raspberry voile fabric I had on hand and sewed the front together with the “piping” sandwiched in between. last I added on these beautiful rust-colored vintage buttons I picked up recently. it is all decorative, though the end result makes it look a bit like a sailor skirt.
the waistband is made using bias tape and I put in a side invisible zipper (all of this per cal’s instruction). I will absolutely wear this skirt…perhaps not every day since I don’t usually tuck in my tops. do I have to tuck in my shirt if I wear a skirt with detail like this? I feel so stuffy with a tucked-in shirt on. I enjoyed making the skirt pretty in front but my shirts cover it up. anyone have an opinion on this? I have literally zero knowledge of actual fashion rules so I’m open to (read: in desperate need of) assistance.
I made another skirt, too. I feel in love with this print, it’s called charleston farmhouse and it’s by felicity miller.
I was preparing for teaching my a-line skirt class, which I haven’t taught for a long time. I really needed to make the whole skirt again to remember the sticking points and important tips (the pattern is from Sew U by wendy mullin). I decided to try a few things I’ve been wanting to experiment with. so, I used the skirt waistband facing to make a top band and I altered the pattern to add a bit more flair to the skirt body. I will definitely wear this skirt. I really love fun prints but I shy away from wearing them regularly. so, this skirt will encourage me to get over that. I’m still debating about adding a button or two to the upper green band at the top. any thoughts, dear readers? am I just going to add a cute button and then cover it up with my un-tucked shirts again?
the zipper is in the middle at the back, which might be my favorite place for a zipper.
sometimes I just find it difficult to sew in a side zipper and keep the integrity of side seams, it always puckers out a little bit. ya’ know. see how well that back seam lined up!? complete happy accident. somedays things just work like that! the hem is a blind hem stitch. the blind hem stitch is, by the way, what I require my students to do even though it’s tricky to figure out. everyone in my classes always hates it while they are figuring it out but the professional look can’t be beat! really. look at that! it’s awesome. plus, it’s a true blue accomplishment to get it right.
when I was finishing up these skirts I chanced upon a great sewing challenge happening at crafter hours making, of all things, skirts! how about that for timing? so, I’m throwing both of these in the ring. I highly encourage you to check out all the amazing skirts being made for the challenge, they are super. and, if you have made a skirt in the last two weeks join skirt week! do it! why not? you have until tomorrow! (I know. sorry. little late notice.)
as an aside: I happen to think that blind hem stitches should be challenge 1 on a sewing smackdown sometime in the future when there is finally a TV channel dedicated 100% to sewing. have they done that yet on British Sewing Bee? probably they have. also, can you believe I have the most olive tone to my skin of everyone in my family? yup. turns out the Irish just don’t tan quite like Lutherans from Minnesota do.