Anyway, I mostly completed this skirt in my sewing class on Monday nights. I am quite happy with how it has turned out, in the end, although it seems to have taken me quite a few hours. I would like to think its because I took my time and did a really good job (fixing up all my errors). Of course, my sewing teacher, Maree, would never let someone leave her class with a project that that looks shoddy! It is allowed to have a little 'character' (read small mistakes that can be covered so that they are not too noticeable), but no shoddiness allowed.
I was all ready to wear my skirt on Saturday, with some warm black tights, and when I put it on realised that the underskirt was marginally, but noticeably, longer than the over skirt. As tempted as I was to leave it and pretend that no one would notice or simply fold it up and re machine over the top, I decided that this would be lazy and I unpicked it all and re hemmed it. I told my sewing classmates and teacher about the hem and much to my disappointment, the general consensus was to fold it up and machine. All that blasted unpicking (that took me longer to do than the actual hemming) for nothing! At least I can say that the hem was done properly I suppose. Will try and wear my first finished creation to my next work casual day.
Skills learnt included gathering, pinning and sewing even gathers. Putting in an invisible zipper, which was easier than I thought it would be, and hand sewing the inside of the bottom of the yoke!
The hardest part was definitely the gathering and pining it so the gathers were even. I think it's going to take a few skirts to master that particular skill.
Fabric: Blue dots with flowers on a white background $10 from Spotlight, white cotton poplin for the underskirt $1 from Joy's Fabric Warehouse
Pattern: Kwik Sew- not sure which one
Notions: 7″ zip $1.40, hook and eye 20 cents
Time to complete: 4 sewing classes (with lots of chatting time)
First worn: Just for pictures so far.
Wear again? At first opportunity!
Total Price: $12.60
Not bad! I would definitely spend $15 on a skirt, especially one as cute as this!
Next sewing project has been started and is even more technical! Pattern matching, fitting a bodice, lining a bodice... Fun times ahead!