Another month has passed and it’s time to share another #SewMyStyle project. May’s project was a skirt by Cali Faye Collection –BASICS. pocket skirt. To make it I used fabric I bought at, my all so famous, local store, the Bolton branch of Abakan. It is a cotton with a bit of body, which does not look like the fabric in the picture above. I was disappointed the designer did not show at least a picture of the whole skirt including the waistband.
My not keeping to instructions/advice continued with me choosing to make a size S although based on the measurements I could have picked size L. However I felt a finished waistband that’s 90cm it’s way to big for me. I only used the instructions to make sure I am using the correct seam allowance. As I used an animal print fabric, the top stitching with black thread does not show much. The patch pockets themselves are invisible as they get lost in the print. I will not comment on the instructions as I have not followed them at all. At first I was confused as to why this pattern is advertised as an intermediate one. That was until I got to the part you insert the elastic into the back waistband section. For this I did my own thing as well, though in hindsight, maybe it would have been a good idea the check the instructions first. To make my life easier, I chose to finish on the overlocker the inside seam of the facing and let it hang, rather than turn inside. This way I was sure to catch it when I stitched in the ditch from the right side.I inserted the zip as a centred zip, although it was on the side seam. Even though I was careful it sill moved a bit. But since I was not in the mood to unpick it, I made sure the facings are level at the top. And my mistake it’s hardly visible. As on the model the skirt looked a bit short and my legs are on the thick side, I did not alter the length. I do prefer my skirts a bit closer to the knee. Besides I’m no longer at the age when wearing mini skirts looks cute on me. And, I am so glad I did not shorten it, as I still think it’s on the short side. For the purpose of showing you the waistband. I’ve wore a camisole. However I will not wear it like this unless I am also wearing a jacket or cardigan. This is not a style I prefer on myself. Although I love the fact that I have a small waist, I also have a bit of a bump on my abdomen and a rather round behind. Which means that gathered skirts tend to make look like I am pregnant as it sticks out right under my waist. If I end up actually wearing this skirt, it will be most probably by wearing a top over the waist, which will cover all those gathers. This month’s experiment feels it’s a bit of a failed one. I’m not yet giving up on it. I might be making this skirt again, but will use a linen look or linen mix or some other fabric with less body. I am even considering going up in size to M. What do you think? Please let me know in the comments what are your thoughts on this.
#SewMyStyle 2017 – links to my previous makes in the challenge : January – Toaster Sweater, February – Saunio Cardigan, March – Virginia Leggings, April – Bridgetown Dress
I guess since they are gathers and not pleats it would be difficult to sew them down. How about unstitching just the front where all the gathers are and replacing them with darts?