I’ve finally finished my Beignet! I sewed the buttons on last night whilst Mr watched the Gadget Show.
So, here we have the facing, lining and a glimpse of the pocket in the side seam. I love these colours!
And here’s me with poor lighting with my hands in said pockets. Please excuse the creasing around the waist – its not that its tight. In fact I could have gone down a size at the waist, (I cut an 18 at the waist and 16 at the hips) it’s just that the corduroy seems to crease like nobodies business!
Much smoother lines when I haven’t got my hands stuffed in the pockets. Is it me or are the pockets quite a way back on this pattern? The side seams are literally down my sides and I do think I prefer my pockets slightly further forward…
Yep, definitely needs a belt of some sorts… I haven’t sewn the belt loops on yet as I don’t want to limit what size belt to use with this skirt. I know many will just put a belt over them, but I’ve already got a non existent waist (although beignet suggests that I might, it lies) so I don’t want to add any more bulk there.
For MkII I think I may taper the lower sides so that the hem is narrower – I think it’ll give the illusion of more curves?
So, would I make it again? Very definitely yes! I’m thinking that mkII will be the original planned Navy, with bound button holes but a size smaller (there’s a LOT of ease at the waist) and with the tapered silhouette I mentioned.
The easiest bit? The general construction of the outer shell fabric.
The hardest bit? The curve where the facing meets the lining. I had to go slow and steady and baste the two together as using pins was disastrous and led to it being ripped out, re-pinned, hand basted and then sewn. Which worked!
The scariest bit? Twelve buttonholes! Practice helped, and then when ripping them using fray check on both sides before I cut them open, and using pins before each bar-tack as a buffer for the seam ripper.
All in I’m very happy with the skirt! The model could do with some improvement (and I’m not fishing for compliments there, its just a statement of fact) but I like that this skirt suggests that I have some sort of waist!