I just finished sewing my skirt and I kind of love it. It took waaaaaay longer than I expected (natch) but I’m glad I took things slowly and took the time to un-do what didn’t look like it was working. I won’t bore you with all the details… well, maybe I will.
The pattern: I used the skirt pattern from “Sew U” but it only goes up to size 12. I am a size 14. So I taped the pattern to a piece of freezer paper and taped it to the window and sketched a larger size (just extending the Large out about an inch). This mostly worked, except I did have to go back and undo the side seams because it was a smidge too tight. Also, it’s not as A-Line as I’d hoped (she tells you how to adjust for this in the book, and I forgot in the flurry of all the other math). Next time, I’ll just friggin’ BUY a pattern that is MY SIZE.
I’m really glad I used this pattern, though, instead of a basic elastic waist skirt. I learned about darts, facing, and I sewed my first zipper! I definitely appreciated the challenge. Here’s to learning new things!
Fabric: I love love love this fabric! It is probably too thin for a skirt, and I was going to line it, but um, I didn’t. I may still, but I think this fabric is so thin it will probably wrinkle easily, and I don’t think lining will help that. Not bad for $12, but next time I’ll go for fabric that’s actually meant for apparel (not quilting).
Zipper: I’d love to say this was easier than it seemed, but um, it took me over 2 hours to sew! I blame it all on the zipper foot though. Evvvvvvveryone said you needed a zipper foot, and I got one, but I don’t think it fits my machine. It doesn’t sit on the fabric, so it wasn’t really working. Eventually I ended up gluing the zipper to the fabric instead of basting it, and then sewing it with the regular foot. It worked okay, but I would like to go back and do it again with a zipper foot someday.
Facing: I think facing was probably the hardest part! So much sewing! So many curves! But I took it slowly and it actually turned out pretty well. I think it will help minimize some curling and wrinkling in the tummy area too. (Hopefully?)
Hem: This was pretty intimidating, and I’m still not sure I did it right. You have to sew from the inside so that you can see what you’re doing, but that means the ugly stitch is on the outside. I don’t think that’s right?
Now me and my skirt are going to go enjoy some lemonade on the deck!