December 5, 2011

Blanket Skirt

Here she is! My Blanket Skirt is all finished! Yay! Now there are several things I love about the skirt and several things I don't and to be quite honest, I think the things I don't love are a result of me not having time lately to actually sit down and sew for myself. In fact, that's happened more often than not over the past few months and it's something I've just begun to realize really. I just keep piling on more engagements and opportunities and actual sewing gets pushed to the backburner. Anyway, a discussion for another time, I suppose.

By the way, I cut my hair. This is from quite a while back, and I feel a little like a big fat copy cat because I did Gertie bangs (her's are so way cute!). Mine are a little too short at the moment, I think, but I really do love the bang-age. Kind of opens up my face a little and makes it so I don't hide behind a mass of red hair anymore. Anyway, let's get back to the issue at hand here. The skirt!

Fabric is from Fabric Mart - double faced wool. I did a petersham ribbon waistband and I do love the result and am eager to do it again further on down the road. The zipper is gorgeous too (though there's not a photo of it here) and is a Riri metal zipper I picked up when I was in New York.

Now, I love the skirt. It's great. But I feel I made a quite a few mistakes that I really don't like. First, the plaid was kind of tricky and I didn't get it to match up all the way in the front and back. But gosh, on the sides it looks real professional. Also, I meant to have the bolder stripes pointing upwards, but as you can see, they are pointing downwards. Sigh.

The lining, unfortunately, peeks out a little too much when I'm sitting down because I did a really silly thing and cut the lining on the straight grain and the skirt on the bias. Now, I've worn skirts where the lining was cut on the bias and the skirt on the straight, and for some reason I thought it would work fine in the reverse, but it doesn't. So take a lesson from me and don't do that.

And in a hurry to get the skirt done for its first wearing at Thanksgiving dinner, I did a really silly hem treatment, which I'm not even going to dignify by telling you about. But that's what sewing is all about, right? Making mistakes and learning from them. It's OK. I'm still wearing it and wear it I will again and again.

All in all, its a lovely and its got those fabulous pockets to boot! I just love a good skirt with pockets. For now, Dearhearts, its back to the sewing machine as I've got a lovely shirtwaist dress to turn out soon.

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