|A nice hot cup of Whittard Spiced Imperial Tea makes|
sure the pattern doesn't go wandering off while I'm putting it together.
|Check out that sock action!|
As part of my Christmas present from the hubs, I got to order an obscene amount of fabric. Because I am trying to limit the amount of fabric I stash these days, I went through each fabric choice and decided what I would make out of it before I added it to the cart. I picked a wool/rayon blend in a novelty weave black/white fabric to make up as this skirt. I am in love with this fabric! It's this interesting weave that came to life with slubs and lines when I washed it. The label said dry clean, but fabric that can't get tossed into the washer on gentle just doesn't survive in my house. Let me pause here to say I have a really great Samsung washer with no center post, so gentle is actually a decent very gentle agitation in Woolite. I washed the fabric by itself and any concerns it wasn't at least partly wool were gone when the fabric smelled of wet hair when I shifted it to the dryer. I dried the fabric on low. It lost the polished feel in the wash and gained some slubs. Next up was an introduction to my iron. Set on Wool, with a can of starch at my elbow, the fabric regained it's polished feel. The fabric is soft, with a fantastic drape, and is just perfect for this skirt.
Actual assembly of this skirt was a breeze. I finished off the side seams with hem tape, serged the botton edge and did a narrow hem. The pattern calls for no hem, but I prefer a finished edge. The hem is then hand stitched all the way around. The only thing that gave me pause was the petersham ribbon waistband facing. I didn't have any petersham and no place locally carried it. After much searching, I gave up and used some 1" wide twill tape from JoAnn's. Next time I'm ordering up some petersham. The tape worked, but it doesn't lie quite as neatly as I would have liked.
|I adore Clover Wonderclips! They keep me from bleeding all|
over my hems because I've stabbed myself with a pin while I stitched.
|Nice and tidy little corner, all stitched down.|
|Hem tape, twill binding, skirt clips. Voila.|
|I only sewed this clip on three times because I couldn't manage to get|
the darned things on the right side of the fabric to fasten the skirt.
|Button. Just for show. Pretty!|
|I forgot to mention I stitched stay-tape into the waist band.|
|I know it looks like it wrapped the |
right way, but that's because I'm shooting
into a mirror.
|A gust of wind caught the skirt|
just as I hit the shutter. Woohoo!
|This is what Winter looks like|
in Oklahoma. Except with wind.
Lots and lots of wind.
Would I make this again? Yes, totally. The skirt went together quite quickly. I spent more time on finishes than on actual assembly. There is a bloody mile of hand sewing if you do the hem and waistband by hand.
Changes to the pattern? I cut the back piece on the fold and hemmed everything. I also opted for skirt hooks instead of buttons/button holes for fasteners. The front button is for show only.