I have some serious catching up to do on the blog. I have some new makes I absolutely have to photograph and write about and yet I still have a couple more I haven’t written about! I’ll do my best with writing posts in the next couple weeks, but unfortunately I am not as passionate about writing as I am about sewing. I’d much rather spend all my free time sewing, even if that means I am eating my dinner made out of leftovers over kitchen sink. Thankfully, Shaun doesn’t mind it. Yet.
I actually put together the muslin for the skirt at the same time I muslined my very first pair of shorts. Just like with the first pair of shorts, I started with size 10 waist and size 14 hips. The end result was a decent skirt, very workable and looked pretty okay to me. My only concern was that the skirt hung weirdly off the bat, but that would probably have evened out with wear and just leaving the garment hanging.
You can see from the picture above that the skirt looked almost straight from the front and very A-line from the side. Yet the back was sticking out a little unsightly. It was a pretty minor issue to me though. Only the perfectionist in me was slightly concerned.
I left the skit muslin alone and worked on my shorts, perfecting their fit. After the success of FSA adjustment on the shorts, I had an idea. Why not give it a try with the skirt? Really, why not? I was very curious to see if there would be any difference in fit. Just like with the shorts, I started with size 12 and followed the By Hand London tutorial, changing it a little to fit the skirt parameters (since it doesn’t have a seat seam really). The end result really surprised me! The skirt was hanging way nicer in the back!
And of course, I accidentally deleted the photo of my adjusted muslin… I really thought I kept it, darn it. So I guess the view from the back of the finished skirt will have to do. And here is the side:
As you can see it barely sticks out in the back! The FSA on the skirt ended up deepening my darts and creating more space for my bum, right where I needed it. If I am not too lazy in the future, I will try to do it on all my skirt as well as pants patterns.
The fabric for this skirt came from Blackbird Fabrics shop. Unfortunately it is all gone. Caroline carried this beautiful silk blend last year and I have been drooling over it all last summer. It is medium weight and rather loose weave, perfect for skirts and dresses. After a couple months of stalking the fabric, I finally jumped in and bought it, only to have the fabric lie in my stash for another year. We all know, sometimes it takes years for the right pattern to come along to match the perfect fabric, right?
I really wanted to play around with the chevron stripe effect. So I cut the front two panels on bias and matched the stripes along the center seam. By the way, I am so proud of myself for all the stripe matching in this skirt! Just look at the sides, I’ve definitely given myself more than one pat on the back while working on this skirt.
The only downfall of this skirt is it slightly puffs out at the front in the lower tummy area when I wear it. It is very minor and hardly noticeable, only by me. I think it is because the front is cut on bias and the fabric is rather loose weave, so it stretches quite a bit and creates extra space where I didn’t want it. As I said, it is barely visible and it certainly doesn’t stop me from wearing the skirt. Just something to consider in the future. When pattern pieces are cut on bias, the weave and feel of the fabric should definitely be considered. I could have probably stabilized the fabric with interfacing to avoid it, but then it wouldn’t be as pretty from the inside…
The skirt is certainly a win in my eyes. I have been wearing it all the time and I absolutely love the match of the fabric and the pattern! If you haven’t bought into the Chi-Town Chinos craze yet and are looking for a solid shorts or a skirt pattern, I definitely recommend it. Its a great basic pattern that gets you both for the price of one.
What are your go to shorts and skirt patterns?