Holy moly, I sewed something! I sewed two things! If these archives are correct, the last time I actually sewed anything around here was ... January. Oh crap, February. Well anyways. Not a lot of quality time with the sewing machine has been happening of late!
So back when I was thrifting with Ali, I spent a good five minutes trying to convince her that corduroy skirts aren't worth making because I've had a couple corduroy skirts that, ahem, wore away unevenly in the rumpus area due to excessive sitting/wear on my part. And then I went home and finished up 2 corduroy skirts. Go me.
In the name of crafting, I am shelving my pride to display 1) my belly, 2) the bulge of my belly over a too-tight waistband*, 3) the horrific mess in my room, and 4) the truth behind those seemingly styled photo shoots -- hello, Frog Socks! Ah, the uncropped, unedited version of my life. (Oh, oops, actually I did go and crop out most of the mess)
Turns out I do have an affinity for Laura Ashley after all. Picked this up in a thrift shop in Central Square, MA because the patterned fabric called out to me so mightily. Snipped 3/4" off the waistband to widen the waist and took in the hips a bit. Were women really shaped like this in the 80's and 90's? No wonder I had such poor body image in middle and high school!
Tada! Used some lavender bias tape on the waistband. I'm a bit stumped how to style it though. I can see it working with ... white ... gray ... black. Does green purple or blue feel too matchy? But wouldn't a different color feel like too much?
I don't know what it is about RTW pencil skirts, but I always think that the hip lines are somehow smoother than my self-drafted patterns ... which seems like it shouldn't make sense since I muslin those, try on and fiddle for a million hours ... and yet ... and yet. Maybe it's an ease thing. I try to build some ease into my self-drafted pencil skirt patterns, and then always feel like they look baggy on me. Maybe I need to accept the fact that I'm just going to get pull lines and wrinkles if I want a slimming silhouette out of handmade pencil skirts.
Here's my second go at my self-drafted pencil skirt pattern, made up in the half yard of Liberty of London babycord that I splurged on awhile ago. I'm still a little "meh" on this pattern (see note above about ease. Oh! Or maybe because RTW skirts usually have spandex in them?) Stumped on how to address this, because I have a couple more pencil skirt variations in mind ... which were all dreamt up assuming that I would be able to get this pattern down pat. Suggestions? What are your experiences sewing pencil skirts?
Closeup of the fabric. This version has front and back darts and a back vent. I'll definitely wear this because the print is too great to let it languish, and because I don't have all that many work-appropriate skirts. Erg. Well, work-ish appropriate. I think it works with a blazer, maybe?
When I unlazy myself enough to upload outfits photos, I'll continue the MMM'11 theme. Until then, I leave you with two awesome links:
A pretty cool edumacation tool ... the data geek in me is going crazy ...
Brooklyn Tweed's photo essay on the making of tweed yarns (start here)
*I may or may not have sucked in slightly for this photo. Trying to hit that sweet spot between demonstrating that the skirt was too small, and not spilling out too much in a public venue.