So, now that Rachel has given us until tomorrow to share our sewalong-skirts, I thought I’d wait until the last minute.
It was actually more or less finished last weekend, but needed hemming, and photographing, and my resident photographer was unavailable during daylight hours… And today, I finally managed to get some pictures!
This is the skirt in all its glory – the fabric came out beautifully, and hangs just right I think. Overall, I’m very very happy with the skirt: it’s exactly my style, and injects some much-needed colour into my wardrobe. It was simple to make, but had quite a bit of detail I could ponder and play with, so it was a nice pattern to work with. I’ll definitely make it again.
I think it’ll work well with quite a few items in my wardrobe – many more than originally thought. It’s definitely cake, rather than icing. My favourite top to go with it so far? The ueber-snuggly jumper I’m wearing above. My mum knitted it for me. It’s superwarm llama-wool, which I really need at the moment. We’ve been in the single digits temperature-wise for the past, what, 8 weeks? I told my mum I’m only taking it off when we’re in double digits again. So far, I’ve stuck to it…
I made view B, with button tabs:
I took much more care over the finishes than I so far have done with my other makes: my lining has French seams, the skirt side seams are folded over and finished that way, and the skirt hem has been finished with some navy bias tape my mum gave me last summer:
Errr, and yes, the skirt lining is inserted the wrong way round. I’m not sure whether to be grateful for the French seams as they look so neat, or to blame them for the fact I didn’t think this through more?
Now, while I’m very happy with the skirt, there’s one gripe I have – my wasteband gapes, quite a bit! You can see it in those detail shots here:
In the picture on the left, you can see the amount by which the waistband gapes – I guess it should lie flat. It also doesn’t help that apparently my rib cage is narrower than my waist, so the waistband has nothing to fill it, the poor thing. I think the amount of gapage is due to a combination of my weird rib cage together with the fact that I really struggled putting in the zipper. I’m not sure exactly what possessed me to buy an invisible zipper! It was only my second invisible zipper ever, and it really fought hard. So, that probably contributed by pulling the waistband out of shape slightly while stitching, ripping out, stitching, turning it over, checking it, stitching, ripping… you get the idea (I almost took a picture for you guys of the hot mess the inside of the zipper was, but, oh, what a shame, I’d already sewn the waistband down at this stage, so, no hot mess visible. Wahay!). Next time: visible zipper! I now also possess a normal-zipper foot, so maybe that’ll help, if I ever figure out how it’s supposed to work.
The waistband-gapage means I’m likely to only wear it with tops over the waistband, rather than tucked in, which is a little bit of a shame, ’cause I think the buttons are cute, and I took extra care to put the button tabs in exactly above the side seams. But, they’ll now be my little secret, and make me smile, because I know they’re there, so that’s fine.
Making the skirt was an interesting experience – there’s been a great post over at yesilikethat about learning to sew, and the associated perfectionism: The more you know about sewing, the more you want what you sew to be perfect. I felt a lot like that with this skirt – it’s a relatively simple design, so I wanted it to be perfect. And of course, it’s not. So the skirt was a really good experience to learn that not perfect is ok, and it’s still a really really nice skirt (I sewed the lining in with the wrong side facing out, for instance, but, because I finished the seams nicely, it’s ok). I also actually really enjoyed the experience of doing a bit of sewing at a time, slowly, and nicely. It’s the first time I sewed in the evenings after work, and even after dinner, and it worked really well. I really enjoyed the small-steps-sewing – I didn’t kill myself trying to finish something. This makes me really glad to have participated in the sewalong (besides Rachel’s awesome instructions!). So, thank you, Rachel, for hosting an awesome sewalong, where I learnt a lot and came out with a lovely skirt!
I leave you with a picture of me and my Hollyburn skirt on the sofa-armrest. In London’s rainy, cold gloom, we were trying to find a spot in the flat where the light was reasonable. On the sofa armrest was ok. I bet the neighbours now think we’re really weird…