I have hot feet as my mother says. Off the heals of last weekend’s vacation, I up and go to Boston. I’m on the Acela express right now holding on for dear life - this thing is FAST!
Before I left I took some quick picture of my couture finish wool tweed skirt. I was wondering if should post this on patternreview.com; probably not considering I mutilated this pattern beyond recognition. But in case you are wondering I used the Sew U skirt pattern I fitted a while back since the design had no frills. I wanted free range to redraft the pattern and cut I waistband that I created myself. I reduced the A Line to loose pencil. Although the skirt protected by the lining, the tweed is very loose tweed and I didn’t want to put it under any undue pressure or stretching while wearing. I relied on Claire Schaeffer’s Couture Sewing techniques for the following construction and design elements:
- Fitting a skirt
- Attaching a lining
- Cutting and shaping a waistband
- Attaching a waistband
- Fell stitching a facing to a waistband
- Abutting a waistband closure
- Hand stitching…lots of it
I had several hiccups in this project:
- My hook and eyes didn’t match and had no time to pick up new ones.
- China Silk is a tricky fabric and the sole reason why I own a rotary cutter. Also, it doesn’t take steam very well. I turned the steam off and just used the heat to press. Also, since the silk is very slippery, it has two layers of interfacing on the waistband facing.
- I gained a lil weight so it doesn’t sit as low as it did when I first started.
- I tried cutting a shaped waistband, hated it and went for the straight band.
- I have yet to see daylight in my apartment so I have to take yellow-toned flicks. I wished I lived with someone who could take pictures of me in my stuff lol.
All in all I love this skirt. It feels and looks soo good on. My shoddy photography isn't it doing justice. I promise will getting its fair share of wearing this winter. Then i will recruit my co-workers to take pictures of me, lol.