Finally I manage to take photos of the skirt I finished a week or so ago. I also wore it today, so I am going to use this as my Me Made May 14 Garment of the Week.
I made this skirt out of a stretch cotton sateen, the usual from Spotlight. I do find this fabric has limitations - it does crumple a bit when being worn (you can see that above), and the wrinkles set quite quickly when you sit down across the front and the back. I originally wanted this as a smart skirt (while I was having my Gucci Girl fantasy moment), but I have settled for casual due to the creep and wrinkle factor in this skirt. And as a casual skirt, it will be fine.
I used my standard pattern for stretch cotton sateen skirts as I have decided it is not worth the effort to make a tailored skirt in this fabric due to it's wrinkle propensity. The pattern is Kwik Sew 3765.
The length I make is between the short skirt and the mid length skirt shown on the right.
This is what it looks like at the top. Today's little skirt is exactly the same, but I always wear a top over my mid section, not over a camisole top - that was only worn to show you the skirt. My mid section is thick, so I skim over it with a top.
And what do I mean by my Gucci Girl fantasy moment? I found this picture in my Vogue Collections Magazine, Paris, Fall- Winter 2014.
This fantasy was doomed from the start.
The first thing that happened was that I could not get overlocking thread tone, and I like toning overlocking inside my garments. So I used three that were a little bright and purchased an embroidery thread that toned, as Spotlight did not have a regular Gutermann sewing thread that toned in stock - they usually do. It was polyester, I was not silly enough to use rayon, which I know is not strong.
The purple is the thread that will show. It toned nicely.
I went ahead and made up the skirt.
Then, I noticed that I could snag this overlocking thread easily. I'm not rough, but sometimes things do catch. Then I noticed that it had broken in a few spots. I thought I would sleep on the matter, and that in the morning, would probably come to terms with it.
(If I pull a serged thread, normally I can wriggle it back into place. Not this thread, it breaks - so polyester embroidery thread must be weaker than the normal sewing thread).
No such luck. Decided the next morning that I would have to redo the serging. Yes, redo. I had finished all the edges, so this was no small unpick.
I went to Spotlight to get an ordinary thread in a colour that would match maybe a little bit, because I did not have enough (and never did) for the main sewing thread. Lo, I found Spotlight had now got the colour I wanted in the regular Gutermann sewing thread.
The next day I went to work. That evening, after dinner, I had a period of mindfulness, carefully unpicking the serging. Except I do not care for mindfulness. It's not quite my thing.
|Moments of mindful unpicking|
|More moments of mindfulness via unpicking.|
Which I did.
Still not quite letting go of my Gucci Girl Fantasy I finished the skirt with little touches:
A little bit of ribbon at the back so I can easily tell which is front and back - not being much of a mindful in the moment dresser - I'm always in a bit of a dressing rush.
I also put a hook and eye at the bottom of the back split:
Then I did the hem by hand. Normally I finish the hems of these little skirts with two rows of top stitching, but, no, true to my Gucci fantasy, this had to be a hand hem:
Then I wore the skirt and washed it. The hem then did something quite odd. Obviously, stretch sateen does not like hand hems. It developed a sort of roll. You can see it is wanting to start doing that in the photo above.
Well, that did it. The skirt and the fantasy went in the bin. Literally. (I really don't do mindfulness!!). I did wrap the skirt up in it's own plastic bag, so the next day, after yet more sleeping on the matter of this skirt, I retrieved it. This is after all, also supposed to be my Garment of the Month.
I undid the hem and redid it my usual way. Much more casual, much more Sarah Liz: