My initial thoughts when I first read about the contest was that I didn't have any lining that would go with any fabric that I had that was suitable for an A-line skirt. I didn't know if I would have time to complete either this, or any of the other rounds of sewing, so promptly put it to the back of my mind. Then, towards the end of the week I saw a few other bloggers talking about their entries, and as my week hadn't been as busy as I thought it would be, I decided on Thursday evening that I would go for it. That gave me just over one day to make a pattern, sew a skirt, do my review and get photos done.
I used some more of my printed linen that I made this dress from early last year. There isn't much of it left now, only scraps really. I had a brainwave on the lining, and pulled out some muslin that I had been going to make baby wraps from. I think I got it for my son, which would make it at least 8 years old. As it wasn't prewashed, that was the first order of the day.
|Look how good my pattern matching was on the pockets!|
|Lining up the design as best I could on the CB seam|
To make the skirt wearable I really needed to take those sides in, and decided to replace the pockets while the seams were open. There wasn't any more of the same part of the design, so I just cut the new pockets from any old piece of the remnants, and was able to cut them on grain.
My lining had beautiful french seams, and I didn't want to mess with that, so I added some tiny pleats in the lining rather than take the side seams in.
I had made a calico toile from my block, way back when I first drafted it (probably around 9 years ago). When I tried it on, the toile actually fit pretty well, which confused me even more. When I compared it to the block however, the two were clearly not the same, hence the protracted alterations that I did. I measured my waist, the waist of the toile, the waist of the block, drew in new hip lines, took out bits from centre front, centre back, put them back in again, measured again, did some more alterations. (You get the picture?)
|After a few calculations|
|After a few more calculations|
Before I got ahead of myself to trace out a new cardboard block, I thought I should make a new toile, just to make sure. It fits perfectly, all the way through from the waist to hips with no ease! Now I can have a skirt on my true waist, slightly lowered or just above the hip, and not have to worry about how much ease to take out so it won't fall off! If I make a skirt that needs more room, I'll add the ease back in! I'm so happy with it I just want to make another skirt!
|Side - those back wrinkles aren't really that|
noticeable - I was trying to suck my tummy in!