In between long bouts of writing this week, I finished my circle skirt. All it needed was the hem, but I wanted to make sure I marked the hem twice before I cut and stitched. When I finally tried it on, I realized the raw edges hit right at the top of my knee. Many moons ago I discussed this skirt length on this blog in relation to the Golden Ratio. I thought it was what the Golden Ratio predicted as the most flattering hem line for me, which thoroughly confused me because it just didn’t look right. It turns out I’d done my math wrong, which means my instincts were right. So, I decided I’d take roughly two inches off the front center to bring the skirt up to a level that would hopefully highlight the thinnest portion of my thigh. I pinned first on my dress form using a Mini-Max Singer Skirt Marker, finding that I had to take off a bit more where the bias fell and a bit less in the back – all as expected, and then put on the skirt and turned and turned for my husband until he confirmed that the pins both were level and fell at a nice length.
I held my breath and cut.
I then used my narrow hem foot to stitch the hem. It’s a lovely foot that folds the raw edge of the fabric over 1/4″ then 1/4″ again and stitches along the fold. While it sounds complicated, it was easy enough to use after reading the detailed Threads posts on Mastering the Narrow Hemmer. The result matches the machine-rolled hem that Casey posted during her Sew-Along, only it takes one trip around the hem to get the result. A huge time (and thread) saver. In my opinion, it made for the perfect finish to this casual, flirty skirt.
While the 50s stylings of this skirt’s former life were fun, it’s not what the fabric wanted to be. It’s a light, airy bastiste that wants to be short and casual. I think I was finally able to make it into what it wanted.
A job well done.
Also, this coming week happens to be the Sew Weekly theme “Patternless,” a week where everyone sewing along drafts their own patterns, so I’m entering this self-drafted circle skirt. It’s been ages since I’ve sewn anything in line with the Sew Weekly, so I’m thrilled at this timing. Here are the facts à la Sew Weekly.