Meanwhile, I ran across this image of an Alice + Olivia skirt, which is apparently sold out everywhere despite its mind-exploding pricetag of $698! It's super interesting and all but, I mean, really???
They only had 4.5 yards left, and the pattern called for 5. Were the Sewing Gods testing my determination? I bought it anyway. After washing, it had shrunk further and I got even more worried.
But then I got an idea! Why not make the yoke out of navy cotton? Not only would I have enough fabric then, but the dark yoke might have a slimming effect across the tummy (a sensitive area for me). Double win! Just in case, I squeezed the pieces very close together, not like the suggested layout, and at the end I had almost a full yard and a half left! I think it would make a lovely shorter A-line skirt for work. May be with this Alice + Olivia pattern I just tracked down on ebay.
The skirt was not easy for me, but only because I am such a rookie! The instructions themselves were totally clear and the sewalong was invaluable. But I still made a zillion stupid errors that had nothing to do with the pattern!
The panels of the skirt came together without much struggle, and, strangely, getting the yoke pieces to line up was probably the easiest part!
Perhaps related, the CB seam allowance is uneven on both sides of the zipper; it is twice as wide the left than to the right. Thankfully, nobody sees my seam allowances! But it does make me wonder, is my left side slightly narrower than my right? Oh did I mention that I also screwed up the invisible zipper? Luckily the blue leaf pattern falls right next to it so my mishap is concealed. I am so glad I didn't make the suggested button closure, but instead just had the zipper go all the way up, because I'm sure I would have messed that up as well.
Even if I don't re-do the waist, I still have one thing left. As you can see, the hem is terribly uneven. That's because I fell prey to the "I'll finish it later" foolishness! It's been sitting in my closet with that basted hem for over a month now. To be fair, it's been in the 100s in L.A. for ever and ever so I wouldn't have been able to wear it anyway.
Despite all my mistakes and imperfections, the final result looks great to me! I can't wait to wear it and I can't wait to make more. I have 3 fabrics lined up, and I hope next time I'll be less bad at it. My mom thinks it looks a bit formal for everyday wear (you can't really tell from the photos but she does have a point), but I don't care! I made an "intermediate" skirt and it doesn't suck at all, in fact I love it, so I'm totally showing it off to the world!
- Did not grade properly in the hips
- Waist is too big
- Invisible zipper is not so invisible
- CB has uneven seam allowances on both sides
- Putting the skirt in the "done" pile before doing a proper hem! (am I the only one who does that?)