I am so pleased with this skirt, I decide to showcase it in a frame :)
I made this skirt as part of the Scary September challenge, being held by Beverley (BeaJay) at:
The challenges I set for myself was to use the Surefit system to draft a skirt. I had previously used a surefit template to draft a pair of pants, but they did not work out well for me. So I sort of gave up with the concept at that time. Now seemed a good opportunity to try again. I thought I couldn't go wrong with a skirt.
Surefit can be found here: www.surefitdesigns.com
This is the muslin:
The muslin worked beautifully. This block is called a straight skirt, but it is very slightly A line. I decided that would work well for me and the fabric I had chosen. Just enough of an A-Line to make walking easy, but not too much to swamp me.
I also wondered what sort of zip to put in. I usually do a lapped zipper insertion, and very infrequently use invisible zips. The first time I put an invisible zip in it went in perfectly, so I don't have an scary thoughts about putting in invisible zips. Or do I? Do I avoid them? So I used a scrap of fabric and trialled an invisible zip:
Again, went in easily - I do need to nudge closer to the edge at the top of the zip, but this was a two minute trial, not the real thing. Anyway, I decided that the fabric was busy enough that an invisible zip was really not needed. So I cut the skirt out with enough seam allowance at the back to allow a lapped zipper insertion:
This works nicely on such a busy fabric and looks quite neat inside as well:
Okay, now for the pretty pictures - I'm having an unruly hair day today. This is the front:
And this is the back view:
I'm very happy with this little skirt. As it is for normal everyday wear, it is not lined. It gets hot and humid where I live, and there is nothing worse than wearing a lining. I'll slip a petticoat on if I wear stockings, or in winter when I wear thick tights.
I am also very happy in that I think I have also discovered my style. Which means I have been on a little reassessment of my style self, and who I am now in life. Which means I have been reassessing the trouser project (but that is a story for another day)... but I think that my little patterned trouser idea:
|Fabric that was going to become pants:|
Has now become my little patterned dress idea. Yes, I think Sarah Liz is going to start exploring the world of dresses next.
Keep happy and healthy, wherever you are...
Sarah Liz :)