I blame the cold. The mind-numbing, can’t-string-two-thoughts-together, can’t-even-breathe cold. I couldn’t lay down, couldn’t stand up, couldn’t do anything that required much thought. But, I found that I could cut and fold and stitch straight lines. As long as I was sitting. So, what’s a girl with a cold that can’t do much besides sit and sew to do? Well, sew, of course. So, yes, I blame the cold for why I had a skirt Tuesday evening when I only had fabric mere moments earlier.
This skirt was supposed to be the Second Honeymoon Pleated Skirt. I ordered the fabulous fabric in time, but I just couldn’t squeeze the skirt in with all that was going on before my husband and I left. Plus, unfinished projects drive me crazy, and I wanted to give the maxi dress its due before moving on. There was going to be no dealing with the zipper on that dress this past weekend. Not with a cold. So, new skirt it was. Especially since this fabric had been singing to me since the day it arrived.
I love all of the little details in this fabric. The flowers are made with such bold colors. The striking blocks of white aren’t just plain white; there are secret gardens hidden within each. And, there’s texture! In the picture above I’ve tried to point out some of the texture, but it’s really hard to capture it all. Those parallel rows are actually ladders, and in between each ladder is an alternating thick and thin design. Maybe you can kind of see it if you squint your eyes and pretend really hard?
The idea behind making the pleated skirt was to have the pleats play with the blocks of color in the pattern. I’m not sure I quite achieved what I had in mind – maybe a simple box pleated skirt would have accomplished my goal more effectively – but I’m extremely happy with the skirt none-the-less. As in, a I-got-a-remarkable-number-of-compliments-while-wearing-the-skirt-today (while still sick!) kind of happy.
As I discussed in an earlier post, the pattern I chose was the skirt portion of Very Easy Vogue V8443. To make a skirt from the dress, I cut two of each waist band piece and used the extra as a facing. Two things to note if you ever consider doing the same. First, take care in picking the right size. Most dresses don’t need, or want, the waist band to be snug since they’re held up at the shoulders. I had to cut the waist down considerably in order to get it to sit properly on my waist. Second, some sort of interfacing might be nice in the waist band. I didn’t think to add any, but after a day of wear, I can see how some might add a bit of support (though not enough for me to take out the seam ripper and add any now!).
I tried my hand at the lapped zipper again, and while I get the concepts, I still haven’t mastered the perfect lapped zipper yet. Maybe by the time I get around to making my Bombshell though?
Next up: an invisible zipper foot to conquer the maxi dress. I’m one step away from another garment I can wear during SSS’11. I need every one I can get!