Happy Memorial Day to those of you in the US! As today is the unofficial start to a very long-awaited summer, I have a cheerful, sunshiny yellow skirt to share with you. It’s a quick and simple project, and it represents the sum total of my sewing over the last month. Yikes! As you know, I recently moved apartments, and the move basically sucked up all of my free time for the last several weeks. So glad it’s over with! Even better, this roof deck is now home. That’s right folks, I finally have a private, outdoor location for taking blog photos. Let us all rejoice in sewing blogger bliss!
All right, back to the skirt. That’s what you came here for, right? 🙂
Pattern: Simplicity 1717, View C, using the “slim” (aka hip-less) pattern pieces. This is my second time sewing this skirt; the first was a fully-lined fall version. I cut a size 12 but then added some additional width to the side seams to make it sit below my natural waist, so the final size is probably more like a 14. For reference, my measurements are 36 inch full bust, 29 inch waist, 37 inch hips. (I keep reminding myself to start including my measurements since I always find them so helpful on other blogs.)
Fabric: A cheerful quilting cotton that I got on sale, woohoo! The print is Moda Half Moon Modern Large Zig-Zag in Sunshine. This was a total impulse buy, which is very rare for this monetarily-challenged grad student. What can I say, it’s hard to resist a sale. 🙂
Modifications: A few fit alterations that I had made for my first version:
- Added about 3/4 inch to each side seam to make the skirt sit a bit below my natural waist, as is my preference for just about any skirt.
- Tweaked the waistband a bit, which helped but didn’t completely eliminate some rippling along the waistband seam.
- Added 1 inch to the hem (I’m 5’8″).
And a few new modifications for this version:
- Eliminated the patch pockets.
- Eliminated the center front and center back seams by cutting the front and back pieces on the fold. (There’s no shaping in either seam, so this was a super easy mod.)
- Moved the invisible zipper from the back to the left side seam.
- Added an inverted pleat at the center front, just for fun!
Level of crafty satisfaction: Not bad for such a simple garment. This skirt is not a masterpiece, but considering how little time it took to cut and sew, I’d say it’s just fine. 🙂
Now, can we talk about print-matching for a bit? You guys, I tried so hard to get these chevrons to line up on this skirt, to no avail! Argh!!! For some reason I just could NOT get the print on the front piece to be symmetrical while maintaining a line of chevron points down the center front. Even weirder, the back piece worked out perfectly. Could part of my fabric have warped during the pre-wash/dry, rendering the front piece slightly off-grain but the back piece unwarped??
After driving myself crazy and tracing the front piece onto my fabric 3 different times (with no luck), I gave up and went for the straight line of chevrons down the center front, leaving the print just a bit crooked. This messed up my print-matching on the pleat (nooooo!) as well as my attempt to match the chevron at the center front waistband with the center front skirt (double nooooo!).
Behold, slight crookedness all around:
It’s not awful, but those little misalignments really drive me crazy. Anyway, I tried to make myself feel better by adding a fun yellow waistband facing, which let’s face it, is super cheerful and does indeed help to ease the pain of mis-matched prints. 🙂
The print-matching on the back came out better, but not quite perfect. Check out the chevron at the center back waist:
So close, blargh!
On another note, did you notice all the rippling along the waistband seam on both the front and back of the skirt? I had this same problem on my previous version, and I’m convinced there’s something wrong with the drafting here. If it only happened once it would be easy to blame myself, but since I had the same problem twice, I’m officially blaming the pattern. Has anyone else had this issue with this pattern?
Anyway, drafting and print-matching complaints aside, this is a simple little skirt that will be a fun addition to my summer wardrobe. I left it unlined for maximum lightness and breathability in the summer heat, and the hem is simply turned twice and topstitched. Quick and easy!
I’ll leave you with this ridiculous and extremely awkward photo of me ripping off Vanessa yet again:
Hope you all had a great weekend, and for those of you off from work today, may your day be filled with sunshine, grilled burgers, and lots of sewing time. 🙂