Well, I finished the wrap skirt. There were several problems encountered along the way, but all in all, I think it turned out all right.
Problem 1: Monday night, I spent 4 hours trying to get my serger to do a rolled hem. Lesson learned: read your instruction manual. It saves you time and frustration. I don’t know what a stitch finger is, but apparently it must be removed for the roll hem stitch. The manual also said to use the right needle, not the left, and gave the stitch length and width settings. The funny thing is, I already had the length and width set to those settings. Go figure. Solved: So then I tested it out on my fashion fabric. Beautiful.
Problem 2: So I started to roll hem all along the outside edges of the skirt. I made it about 1/2 way through the entire skirt when I noticed that about 2 inches of the fabric was not covered with the rolled hem. Confound it!!! I just kept going and finished off the rest of the skirt. I went back and tried to stitch that section again, but it took me about 6 or 7 tries to successful hem that section. By the time I was done, it was a little shorter than the rest of the skirt. Solved: BUT the fabric is really drapey and when I tried it on, you really don’t notice it in the folds of the fabric drape.
Tuesday night I was so busy making dinner for Jack, doing laundry, packing, etc. I didn’t have time to sew on the waistband/ties. I set my alarm for 5am (first time setting it since Jack was born btw — he’s an early riser, like 4:30am early!!!) so I could finish packing, do another load of laundry and finish the skirt before leaving for work at 7:45am. No problem right? Wrong!
Problem 3: At 5:15am I start cutting out and ironing the waistband/ties and then attach it to the waistband. I remember that this is the point where I diverged from the instructions on the pattern the last time I made this skirt. But I am so tired, that I can’t think about it. I even looked up my review on PR, but couldn’t “wrap” my tired mind around it. (hehehe) So I just did as directed. The rayon chiffon was a little difficult to work with here. I have to admit that, with the time crunch, I wasn’t as careful with my cutting and didn’t spend a lot of time pressing the creases. These issues combined with “don’t want to stay put” fabric made it difficult to keep a consistent 1/2 inch seam allowance. I had to topstitch the waistband part twice, because I noticed that the first pass didn’t catch the underside completely due to the wonky seam allowances. Whatever. This skirt is a thigh beach cover up, not a ball gown. It would have been nice if everything went perfectly, but it didn’t and I’m ok with it and how the skirt turned out. Solved.
My apologies, but I didn’t have time to take a picture of the finished skirt. I promise to take some while in Puerto Rico. I leave tonight, can’t wait. Although it was tough to leave my little Jack this morning. He doesn’t really understand that I am leaving for a few days. He probably thought I was just going to work. 😦 I have no idea how I am going to react to being away from him for the first time ever. Or how he’s going to react for that matter. Wow. I really need this vacation and the opportunity to sleep in for the first time in 20 months. I have a deep psychological need to sleep past 6:30am now. It’s funny, because I used to wake up at 5am or 6am all the time on my own being a morning person naturally. But now that I’m a single parent, I find that I stay up much later to sew, knit, surf the internet, watch tv or whatever, so I really need to sleep in now. I know I’m doing it to myself, but I think it will be good for my psyche to sleep in a few days.
Anyway, I won’t be posting until I get back, so have a great weekend and happy sewing!