A while back I wrote how someday I wished for post where ‘disaster’ wouldn’t be a tag, I thought this skirt’s story would be that post. Thought, is the key word there. This is quite a simple skirt pattern from Sew Over It and as I looked over the instructions I thought that maybe I could even get through it without using the seam ripper. Alas, dear reader I was wrong.
My most recent post is also using the same pattern, but that was the second one. I made this skirt first before I’d even cut into my silk. But alas there was absolutely no ease in the skirt and was far too small.
Having a 27″ waist I was right between the size 8 and 10 so I graded the pattern at the waist between the two then gradually out to the 10. Using left over fabric from my Bellatrix Blazer and some quilting cotton I bought ages ago (then realised how deranged I was, where on earth would I wear that colour?) to underline, I set about making this skirt.
I french seamed it, added only one pocket, hand stitched the waistband down and put in the invisible zip. It looked great. Sadly it was far too tight measuring exactly 27″. I was gutted and incredibly frustrated. It was at this point that I made the silk version.
After a long break I undid all the seams and restitched them with a smaller allowance and got rid of the pocket out of laziness. I cut out a new a bigger waistband, interfaced and attached it.I then tried the skirt on. It was then I realised that I’d attached the waistband upside down! This meant undoing stitching (I’ve started using a scalpel rather than the seam ripper, it’s wonderful and sharp!) and cutting out a new waistband because I’d already graded the seams.
In the end, it was smooth but tedious sailing from there and the third waistband went in without a hitch. I inserted the invisible zip at first by hand then using the machine. I then hand stitched the hem.
This skirt is better than the first, the waistband at the back matches up perfectly and the hem is better sewn. It’s always nice to clearly see improvements in your sewing. That said, I did face the harsh reality that I’m not as thin as I thought, a mistake I won’t make again (I hope)!
So, have you ever made something where you made every mistake or just had everything go wrong? Please tell me, I seem to make too much of a habit of it!