Hurrah! Finished Objects and Drafting Plans…

OK, confession first.  I can’t add the pictures at the moment because the camera is being stupid (or I’m failing to operate it properly!) and we’ve lent our little point and shoot to a friend who broke his camera.  Hurrah, I’ve got some pictures to show you!

I finished my navy crescent skirt.  I made a muslin of the waist band and it was waaaaaay too big, even though I’d done all my math properly.  I triple checked it.  So I pinched and pinned and removed 2″ from the waist band and transferred this to the pattern pieces by removing 1/4″ from 8 places (CF, sides and CB).  I then happily cut my fabric and made up my skirt.

And gosh darn IT.  The waist band is still a little loose and keeps dropping lower than I’d like.  I’d like the top of the waistband to hit at belly button level.  I could take another 1″ out quite comfortably.  I know I’m working on losing weight and toning up but this is ridiculous (although in a good way – I’d be grumpy if it was too tight!).

I’ve worn the skirt for the last couple of days for work and it’s very comfy.  It’s now in the wash, but once it’s clean I can bore you all with pictures of it.  I’m really pleased with how the inside turned out in particular as I used a red wine coloured bias binding to finish the waist band and as a seam binding on the hem, french seamed the sides and pockets and turned and stitched the centre back seam.  It looks really neat!

Top Stitching
Bias Bound Facing
Bias Bound Hem and Turned and Stitched Centre Seam
French Seamed Side Seams

I love the style and it’s easy to wear, even chasing after a toddler.  I think the next one I make (and I’ve ordered the fabric!) will be shorter though and hit above my knee rather than just below it.  I’ll also try and sort the waistband fitting issue out too.

Fabric for my second Crescent Skirt, Japanese Slubbed Cotton

Construction wise, I’ll apply the interfacing to the fashion fabric before cutting the pieces as I made a bit of a mess of my ironing board cover when fusing the cut interfacing to the cut fabric.  It’ll also reduce the amount of cutting out I have to do too.  I think I’ll probably apply the zipper before sewing the back seam too as the inside of my zipper insertions always look a bit messy.  If anyone has any advice on how to make them look neater, I’d love to hear!

Casey’s post on drafting the circle skirt also went up last night, so I’ll be playing with pencils, rulers and a pair of compass tomorrow.  Can’t wait!


I think this is 3552, but for £0.62 it's the most AMAZING bargain!

Not really a word, more a noise of…  Well, frustration and a bit of jealousy?

First the annoyance and a message to Casey’s ISP: FIX. IT. NOW.  Don’t you know there are women out here who want to draft a circle skirt and need our beautiful and talented guru?  Humph.

And the slightly green eyed monster comes courtesy of Meena’s $1 per pattern haul.  At todays rate that’s about 62p a pattern.  That pattern up the top there, that’s the one I’m most envious of.  I love the neckline.  Sigh.

However, on a more positive note I’m now up to the decreases on my hat and I have to say I am loving it lots.  I’ve also just got to stitch the facing of my crescent skirt down and hem it and it’s all done.  I’m really pleased with the finish on the skirt – I’ll try and take some photos tomorrow and bore you all silly with them.  There’s french seams, turned and stitched seam finished and even some bias binding…  To keep the inside looking so beautiful, these two steps will be done by hand.  Yep, I’m a bit weird like that!  But it’s one of the things that I think separates hand made and RTW (ready to wear) – that quite often the inside is as well finished as the outside.

Supplies, Supplies, Supplies

Oh happiness!  My circle skirt fabric arrived today and it doesn’t feel scratchy or itchy and drapes beautifully.

I also did a stupid brave thing today.  I went and bought the zipper and thread without the fabric.  I guessed which tone I needed.  And I got it right!!  Hurrah for me!  I also purchased some grosgrain ribbon in turquoise (I have no idea whether we’ll be able to see it on the finished skirt, but as it was the same price as the brown, why not?!).  It matches the turquoise in the skirt perfectly.

I also bought some horsehair braid.  It’s much stiffer and springier than I thought it would be.  It was also more expensive at my bricks and mortar cloth store than if I’d bought it on eBay (as in four times the price!) but it does have the thread for putting the curve in and seems thicker. I’m also supporting a store that is really helpful and answers all sorts of questions for me, as well as stocking a great line of fabrics as well as all the other bits and bobs I could need.

My final purchases were some pins and a cardboard pattern cutting board with all the grids etc on.  Finally I can pin pattern pieces down whilst I do the inevitable FBA!  I can’t wait for the next post for the CSSA.  I’m really looking forward to it!

Tonight however I plan to interface and sew the waistband of crescent skirt mk1, and maybe even get the topstitching done on it.

Sewing Progress

This evening I’ve graded the waist band of the crescent skirt, and hope to make up a muslin to check the fit tomorrow.  I may even be able to cut the fabric tonight!  So I’m a little bit light headed from over exposure to Sharpie marker pen fumes…  I’ve been following the Snug Bug’s method, but wont be grading the pocket, just moving it over to the new side seam.  I’ll then follow Tasia’s sew along posts on her Sewaholic blog.

I’ve also been fabric stalking for Casey’s Circle Skirt sewalong!  I love the colour combination of chocolate and turquoise, so I really like this fabric! As it’s a plaid / tartan I’ll have to be careful matching the seams, but it will give a really pretty chevron effect!  I think quite a wide waistband will also be a good idea – 2 to 3″ probably.

I think a lining in turquoise and the skirts seam binding in the cerise would look amazing.  It’s a polyviscose though which is good for the pennies, but means the lining will have to be anti-static! I’d like to find some horsehair braid to give the hem some fullness and I may even invest in a crinoline / petticoat to give it that added woosh…

I’ve also faffed with the Pendrell I made last month in preparation for some production line sewing.  I’ve taken an inch out at each side seam, so 4″ in total which makes it look a lot better.  I’ve also taken a good 6″ off the bottom as it was way way way too long!  Even though I’ve lopped all that length off, it’s still plenty long enough to tuck in, but wont look daft untucked either!