I'm still working on my back log of blog posts - I think this will take me until Christmas. So this week I am posting a skirt I made some weeks ago.
Sometimes you just happen upon a perfect sort of pattern that just works for you - easy to fit, easy to wear and looks good too.
So it was with Burda 7490 , an ancient O.O.P. pattern that I picked up years ago at Spotlight for the princely sum of 0.50 cents. I like all the garments in it, so one day will get around to making them all. Just waiting for one day.
The skirt is designed to have elastic through a waistband, and also has a zip at the back. It has two pleats at the front, and angled pockets. It is designed for a wove, but I wanted to use the leftover piece of knit from my Cynthia Rowley dress (Simplicity 1314, blogged here). So I decided to eliminate the zipper and just use elastic in the waistband. Of course, I made sure that the skirt would fit over my hips with this alteration. Size 38 worked for this. I wanted loose, wearable and comfortable. And I was in no mood for fiddling and fitting when I made this. I just wanted to get on with it, with no muslin. I knew 38 would probably work.
As it so happens, this was absolutely the right decision, with a skirt that is just right for casual comfort.
The fabric, as I mentioned last week, was just horrible to work with. The overlocker hated it and my old machine had to do most of the work. This is my pocket - I had to revert to zig-zagging the pocket edges when the overlocker absolutely refused to co-operate at all:
Thank goodness for alternative methods - otherwise it would have to be bound, and I was after a quick and simple sew. But from the outside, all looks good:
And the back was finished with a split instead of a kick pleat. Much easier, and also I had very little fabric so didn't have enough to cut a kick pleat. Plus I find knits are not co-operative with kick pleats and you don't get that nice, tailored look that make for a smart kick pleat. I add a button at the top to stop me splitting the split!
So, now some quick pictures - and if I look tired in these, it is because I am tired!! The year has well and truly caught up with me! And if the t-shirt looks as though it is swinging off grain, it is because it is - it's a cheap RTW one. I'll have to make a little black and white t -shirt one day.
And look how flattering it is around the tummy:
I have a little tummy and thin legs, but the cut of this skirt is very flattering for me. I see a few more of these in my future. And looking at the bottom, the size is just right. I don't like tight things, so
I think this will be the right size in the future:
That is quite tight enough for me! And with looseness at the front, this skirt is a winner.
Oh, and just look at the wonderful pockets:
I can see myself making quite a few more versions of this skirt in the future, with and without the zip.
I'll be back next week with another Back Blog. I hope to have caught up with all my back posts by the end of the year.
Take care everyone,