New Skirt

Blue SkirtI sewed another skirt!
Saturday I finally decided it was time to start sewing some of the skirts I’d planned. I’d bought a couple different fabrics over the past months, and last weekend I prepped them (basted the edges, pre-washed and dried, and ironed) and cleaned out my sewing machine. So I dug out the pattern from my class a few months ago and got stuck in.

This is the one that I managed to finish (since it’s the only one I had a zipper for). The fabric is a very fine wale corduroy (light blue with dark blue paisley) that I got on Clearance at Lincraft. It was so cheap that I didn’t have high expectations for the finished product, but I figured it would be good for practice. To my surprise, it squared up nicely and didn’t give me any trouble at all. I laid out all my pattern pieces and remembered to make sure the nap all ran the same direction. The sewing was fairly straightforward, though I did have to refer back to my old skirt a few times just to double-check the order of operations. Sewing in the zipper was probably the scariest bit, and I played around with several different techniques (including sticky tape!) before settling on basting it in by hand just to make sure it didn’t shift around. I only made one tiny mistake in the whole project, when I forgot to leave a seam allowance to turn back at the opening of the facing near the zipper. (That’s the final step – to turn back the raw edge and tack it down on the underside of the zipper. I managed to get it to work, but it may fray a bit at the top edge. I might put some clear nail polish on it.) Here’s a bigger picture so you can see the true colour a bit better.

I wore the skirt to the barbecue on Sunday, and needless to say I’m THRILLED with it. The cord feels very soft and lovely to wear. My only disappointment is that the waistband seemed to bunch up by the end of the day. I had the same problem with the original skirt though too, so it may be a fit issue. Any sewers want to advise me? Or do you think I need thicker interfacing for the facing pieces?

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  1. How did it bunch up Kris? can you give more info?

  2. It just doesn’t lay nice and flat against me. The top couple inches sort of ruche up and get all wrinkly.

    I think this may well be a side effect of my little round Korean pot belly though. 🙂

  3. I have my own post baby and too many cakes pot belly and I try and make the facing longer to stop rolling. It also acts as a bit of control for the wobble. My favourite pattern to sew is Amy Butlers Barcelona skirt. I use it SO often it’s worth the price of the pattern. Super simple, nice shape and I fully line it in muslin to help control waistband rolling and tummy podging.
    Your skirt looks great.

  4. hmmm… was the waistband a rectangle-shaped piece? Sometimes making it curved makes it fit the shape of your body better?
    Thicker interfacing might help as well, you can also sew petersham ribbon inside like they did in the 50s/60s. I’d prob have to see it to make an accurate analysis though sorry! xx

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