As is my wont, another make on a pattern I’ve already used. Remember ‘She Reminded Me Of Blue Denim‘, worn to death since the day I sewed my last denim stitch? I decided to make this skirt again with some wool bought off Ebay and some satin contrast tape purchased from MacCulloch and Wallis. Here’s the detail of those two so very different fabrics playing nicely together:
Satin meets wool = match made in heaven.
I inserted a lining on this skirt, no easy task when you consider the unusual construction of the waistband. I also decided I would use this make as an exercise in excellence. I would:
- take my time.
- pay attention to detail.
- use a gentle touch on the foot pedal.
- hand sew everywhere necessary.
I dreamt about the skirt last night and crept out of bed at 6am to sew before the working day started. This is how seriously I took the Simplicity 2512. So, as I reached the end of the project, carefully nurturing my wool fabric, it only stands to reason that I …
- forgot to check the temperature on my iron and…
- scorched the wool.
I didn’t even notice at the time. It was only as I carried my skirt back to the sewing machine, admiring the freshly pressed (read ‘burnt’) hem that I realised my error. For the second time in my sewing career, a fresh pan scourer came in useful. Readers, please learn from my mistakes. Check your temperatures before pressing wool. It’s enough to make a grown woman scream the house down. (I’m not even going to mention the fact that I locked myself out of the house this morning. Do you know how much it costs to get a locksmith to slide a square of plastic down the side of your door and let you back into your own home? £60. Think how much fabric I could have bought for £60.)
I digress! Do you want to see the nice contrast hem that this pattern recommends? Here it is on the new sewing machine:
I think I’m done with this pattern – for now. This latest make is okaaaaay, but with my belly and that tulip shape the sideways view isn’t as flattering as it could be. I made it a tad too long, so fearful of that mid-thigh hem line. The heavy wool made the split at the back a tiny bit clumsy and this definitely isn’t a skirt you can throw together with just anything. As I’ve said before, you need to think about what blouse or T-shirt or even cardie you’re going to wear. It’s amazing how a tulip skirt can be made to look like a sack if you’re not careful. As I’m sure you can see, a well-fitted waistband is crucial. But this skirt is FUN. I like that.
I’m slightly at a loss now. What to make next? I might surprise regular readers. I have a pattern lurking in a drawer that is so … not particularly me. But I saw Erica wearing it and placed a spontaneous Internet order. It’s the V1183:
Me? Not sure.
I know. It’s not really me, is it? But Erica promised it was easy-peasy and it made me want to step outside my comfort zone. I could definitely make a version of this skirt for the office. Erica made it in linen. I’m not so sure about that, mainly due to the creasing qualities of linen. A lightweight wool? If you have any suggestions, do let me know. Oh, and do let me know how Vogue fits. Does it have the same challenges as Simplicity patterns ie generally being too big? Do save me from wasting a make, even if it’s a muslin!
Finally, a detail of that satin contrast tape for one last time, tidying up the top of my zip insert:
It’s just not me to be so tidy.