I want to say I just whipped up the Ginger by Colette Patterns like *snap* and here it was. However, I traced and altered the pattern in November of last year. I also made most of the muslin sometime then as well, but am pretty sure I didn’t do the final pattern fittings until December. Then in January* I finally prepped the fabric and ordered some lining material as well.
The skirt came out ok.
The fabric is gorgeous to me. Probably because I have always wanted to dress like an old gentleman. I kid you not. In high school my mother helped me alter thrifted men’s business wool jackets with deep pleats to show off my waist, and I wore them with simple velvet elastic waist “skirts” I made from awkward rectangles. I wore turtle necks in dark colors, wool jackets, and brown ankle boots that laced up. This luscious greenish-gold herringbone just calls to me. The pictures don’t do it justice.
So this project was on two lists as a WIP and as a New Project. It serves double duty and it served me well! My first time making an underlining (a layer that is attached to the main fabric that acts as one piece.) I was not pleased with the results along the hem, but that is user error. I rushed the hemlines, using hem tape, and the results are crappy.
Don’t look. It’s not done well at all. I am too tired to undo and fix it, but one day I might just shorten the entire skirt a few inches to hide my sloppy work. Also, the skirt swings out like I have to fins from a ’58 Eldorado Cadillac. Not good, people, not good. I will be tapering those in if I make this pattern again.
I have more fabric in a wool/rayon to make another one, but I will hold off on this pattern. The high waist makes me feel like my body isn’t attractive. Or something. That is to say, I am uncomfortable in this skirt. However, I have learned more about what I do like. I will be making skirts with a lower waist line and more flattering flutters, on the bias of course, in hopes that will suit me better. (The skirt pattern version three is on the bias, so maybe?)
The trails and tribulations of sewing for oneself, and fitting oneself, is such an adventure.
What are you up to sewing lately?
PS: Here is the most “straight on” photo. I still feel like the skirt is too big for me. Except the waist band. Maybe I should work on the fit and just pinch and tuck until I get a more streamlined fit?
*It also took me three weeks to blog about it. Guess I am not a big fan of the Ginger after all?