I thought I’d have a crack at a new skirt pattern today. The sun is shining, Spring is in full flow and I’m feeling restless and a little frumpy after a Winter spent clomping around in my great big boots and sturdy denim skirts.
I’ve had this gorgeous Sevenberry fabric tucked away in my sewing cabinet for about a year now.
I knew I wanted it to be a skirt but it needed to be something elegant and unusual. Something with a bit of swish to it. Not just another plain old boring A-line skirt.
I occasionally like to read Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing, wishing I could make some of the beautiful things she creates. And I found this tutorial for making a gathered skirt. It ticked all the boxes: swishy, elegant, not an A-line, a new construction I haven’t tried before.
Firstly let me say, the instructions couldn’t be clearer and the photos are extremely helpful. It’s taken me a fair few hours to finish the skirt but I have gotten it done in one morning. I confess that I cheated and instead of gathering with basting stitches, I used clear elastic tape. And I didn’t baste or sew any of it by hand, I did it all on the machine.
I think I did an okay job, considering I’ve not put a waist band in a skirt in over 10 years. And I’ve never made a skirt with gathering like this before. Sundresses for the kids, yes, but not a skirt. I think I did a good job on the hem, I pressed it and turned it under neatly and stitched in matching coloured thread and everything.
Having tried it on however, you are never ever going to see a picture of me wearing it because all those gathers and folds of fabric make me look like an escaped circus tent or a hot air balloon. Puffy and gathered with big hips does not equal elegant.
Oh well. I’m not too worried about it though. Although I can’t wear it, I got to practice some new skills and I learned a lot about the construction of such garments through making it.
The fabric is too beautiful to leave it languishing in my cupboard so now I have catalogued my shame, it’ll be taking a trip to Rip City where it will be enjoying a romantic tryst with Mr Quick Unpick. After which I suspect it may well find a new life as a boring but flattering A-line skirt.
And now I am off to enjoy the rest of the afternoon in the glorious sunshine.