Happy August, campers!
Before I begin, I have to tell you a story. As you might have guessed, I have been incredibly busy recently. Between business, family, summer and just stuff, I haven’t had a lot of mojo. Last weekend I decided to do something about it, so I made this skirt. I know – in the past I’ve said that I don’t wear skirts, and I don’t – at least not during the business day. But I need one for nicer occasions, and I decided this would do the trick. I got everything done in less than a day, and took a break for a few days before hemming. Well…
Rant? Or Review? That is the question
This morning, two things happened. I was getting ready to head to the gym for a class, when DH called me to tell me there was no power in the building. Doh! I hate missing an exercise class. So that put me in a bad mood. Just as I hung up the phone, an email newsletter came in. In it, a sewing “expert” had a picture of a garment that had a humongous problem that was obvious to even the untrained eye. Well… my spin-deprived and coffee-fueled righteous indignation saddled up its high horse and got ready to clock some heads when…
The power came back on at the gym.
So I tootled over, took a spin class, came home and showered and went to the office. While working, I thought about the aforementioned spin-deprived and coffee-fueled righteous indignation and realized something. Who am I to judge? I mean, really. I have enough self awareness to know that I’m not perfect. I’m pretty damn close, but still, not quite there. And I recalled a blog post recently where a respected hobby-sewing blogger railed against a newcomer to professional sewing celebrity. The hobby blogger’s points may have been valid, but the resulting pig pile of anti-newcomer-to-professional-sewing-celebrity hatin’ (in which I did not partake) made me rather nauseous. I certainly didn’t want to feed into that negativity, so I decided to hem my skirt during my lunch break rather than saddle up my high horse and clock some heads. All of which is a roundabout way of getting to this:
Pattern Description: MISSES’/MISSES’ PETITE TOP & SKIRT Fitted top has neckline variations, princess seams back zipper. A,C: button trim. A,B,C,D:sleeveless. E: above elbow sleeves. F: below elbow sleeves. H: short, self-lined sleeves. G,I: long sleeves. Skirt (4 lengths), has contour waist, back zipper. J,K: straight. L,M,N: fitted, tapered, back slit. O,P: A-line. I made View K, the longer (knee length) straight skirt.
Sizing: 6-18. I made a 14
Fabric Used: Floral Stretch Twill in Deep Pinks/Brown/Aubergine from Gorgeous Fabrics (of course) – alas, sold out.
Needle/Notions Used: Stretch 75/10, thread, invisible zipper, petersham ribbon (not grosgrain, like the pattern suggests).
Tips Used during Construction: And Now, a Word from the Pressinatrix (or if you prefer, the video “Press that Bad Mamma Jamma!“)
Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes
How were the instructions? They are standard instructions for a straight skirt, which is to say I didn’t use them.
Construction Notes: I used rayon petersham ribbon instead of the suggested grosgrain ribbon. You can shape it into a curve with an iron and steam, which I did here.
Petersham will shape to your body better, and it’s more comfortable to wear. I also used a couture hemming technique that I learned from Susan Khalje to make sure my hem was invisible. This particular fabric is a little persnickety and will show machine hems easily. I didn’t want the hem to show, so after testing a few blind hem stitches, I opted to do it by hand.
Likes/Dislikes: This fits the bill perfectly for what I wanted. Here’s a picture of it on Shelley:
And here’s a picture of it with some silk jersey that I’m going to use to make a top. I think that will make a very nice date night outfit.
Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Yes and yes. I love Vogue Basic Design patterns. They are classic, well drafted and easy to sew.
Conclusion: A winner! And the moral of the story is, when you are feeling over-caffeinated and want to clock some heads, do a nice hem first. You’ll feel much better.