I made my garment for Thea’s challenge! It was not as simple to execute as it was to think of it. ;0 But I am really happy with it and will wear it a lot this summer, I can already tell. The most time was spent figuring out how wide to cut the rectangles for the front and back of the skirt. It was hard for me to know how much fabric would hang around my thighs/legs after the shirring on the waist was done. In the end I just guesstimated at 26 inches (my hips are 39 and shirring decreases the width by half), so that meant that my finished skirt circumference ended up being 52 inches. And I loved the fullness of the skirt or the lack of it actually; the extra 13 inches do not add bulk to my figure, especially in this swishy knit fabric.
The second time suck was testing the rolled hem stitch of my serger on my fabric. It took F.O.R.E.V.E.R. And then testing the shirring. The actual construction of the skirt took only about an hour. But all the prep increased that time by about 3.5 hours for a total of 4.5. I guess the point of the challenge was about sewing creatively and not how fast you can churn something out, but I was still annoyed at how long it took and that I went to bed way past my already late bedtime. *sigh*
But I have a new skirt to wear! The only negative about this skirt is that the shirring is not a taut as I thought it would be. So one hard yank from a toddler running berserk my darling son asking for my attention and you will be able to London AND France. *wink wink*
Anyhoo, without too much further ado, the reveal (for some reason I can’t take decent pictures of myself anymore. Can’t figure it out)…
Please let me know in the comments if any of you have finished your challenge sewing yet and I will set up the shutterfly page.
This weekend is the long July 4th weekend here in the states. Jack and I have been invited to a friends house in the “country” (aka the suburbs). I am very excited to have the distraction for him and me during a long weekend especially since my sister is out of town. But this means I will probably get no sewing done this weekend because of it. But I’m ok with that. I am a mother first and sewist after that. Not vice versa. My friend even went so far as to mention she didn’t have a sewing machine!!! So funny.
I hope you all have great weekends and that some of you get to sew! Can’t wait to see what you’re all up to.