Skirt Alterations

As I mentioned in my previous post, I had lost some weight/inches between the time I initially tried on and sized my skirt to when I completed it. This caused the skirt to hang lower than I had liked, and it caused the back of the skirt to gap when I sat (much like my jeans like to do when I don’t wear a belt). So, with the help of mom, we took the skirt in a smidge.

This particular style was tricky. Normally, you could just take in the side seams to make the garment a little smaller around the waist, but that wasn’t going to work for this skirt style, only because the pockets make up part of the side seam. Instead, we only took in excess fabric from the back part of the skirt, and both the front and back of the yoke pieces. Mom also suggested taking in the pleats, but I think that would have required more stitching.

In the end, the plan worked out pretty well, and she even serged up the raw edges on the inside of the skirt. And the skirt fits perfectly now. In the future, I’ll be more careful about my measurements :)

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Zipper and Finishing Work

All done!

Completed skirt

Completed skirt

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Pinking Shears Are My New Bane

Did a bit of sewing over the last couple of days, and now I’m on the home-stretch!

Folded the pocket over and understitched

Folded the pocket over and under stitched

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Pleats and Pockets!

Made a little progress tonight on the McCall’s skirt. Picked up some fusible interfacing and yellow thread from Pacific Fabrics after work so I could actually do some sewing. Here’s the progress I made tonight:

Pocket band, turned and pressed at 5/8"

Pocket band, turned and pressed at 5/8"

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A Skirt… With Pockets!

After watching two seasons of Project Runway back-to-back, I decided that it was possible for me to sew something again. Hopefully, most of it by myself.┬áSo I settled on two garments that were rated highly on PatternReview.com. The first, is a skirt… with pockets! This uses McCall’s M5591 pattern.

Ready-to-wear skirts are getting shorter these days, so it only makes sense to make something that costs less than finding something of appropriate length that might cost designer prices (like a Michael Kors skirt that I own that isn’t available in stores anymore).

McCall's M5591 Style A

McCall's M5591 Style A

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