Okay, so although I don’t wear skirts that much, it’s not because I dislike them. It’s more that shops don’t sell skirts that fit comfortably or they are overpriced. So I chose to make a skirt as my first project with my sewing machine because of this… and also because it’s not as tricky as trousers or jackets!
I became fixated on using grey checked fabric. I love grey and I wear a lot of it. I wanted a heavy fabric but, due to cost, I settled for a brushed cotton at £6 a metre in the John Lewis sale.
Above is when I’ve put basting stitches in to hold the pleats in place. I watched the episode of Sewing Bee where they made box pleats and wanted to give it a go. Rookie error though because I bought fabric with a large pattern so you lose a lot of fabric with each pleat. It’s all a learning process and simply means I’ve got to adjust the idea in my head a little.
One of the things I was most looking forward to with getting a sewing machine was being able to do this stitch:
I’m not sure what it’s real name is but I call it Number 7 as that’s what my sewing machine requires me to input to achieve it! It was a little tricky at first to get the alignment right but once I got going it was easy enough.
I’m a 27 inch waist, 36 inch hips and 41 across the thigh/derrière area so I’ve been trying to make this a custom fit skirt that takes my measurements into consideration. I’m not following any pattern so it’s a matter of making it up as I go along. I know I want the pleats to start at the top of my thighs rather than from the waist or hips so I set about making a waistband. The annoying thing is that although the pattern matches up here…
I guess it’s either because the fabric has been stretched or maybe I cut it on the opposite angle and the pattern isn’t complete symmetrical? Either way, I need to work out how to fix it. Alternatively, I could cut a waistband on the bias and then the pattern would be diagonal and nothing would align so it would be intentional.
Anyway, it’s a slow process because I’ve been sleeping badly so I’m not at my most productive after work in the evenings, and I’ve also been doing some clay modelling/painting. However, it’s now the weekend and I’m hoping to complete the majority of it over these next two days.
The finished length will be knee-length but I purposely cut it extra long whilst I’m working on it because many a time I’ve miscalculated and run out of fabric! The amount of times I’ve intended to make a 15 x 15 cushion cover and ended up with a 13 x 13!
The pleats also won’t be sewn all the way down to where the basting stitches currently are but I will be adding a bit of length to them rather than having them open from the waistband.