A few weeks ago I declared I was going to start sewing for myself. Making the kinds of things I wanted to wear and actually would. No more finishing something, hating it, and putting it straight in the back of the closet.
Today's effort is a sassy little skirt just in time for the upcoming 4th of July festivities. It's a Fitted Waist A-Line Skirt from the book Sew What! Skirts: 16 Simple Styles You Can Make with Fabulous Fabrics by Francesca DenHartog.
This is also the book I used to make this elastic waisted, full skirt a while back:clothing). It gives you a lot of good foundation info and explains why and how to use zippers, waistbands, facings - all the things that usually scare people away. It also teaches you how to sew skirts without a pattern - just using your measurements and easily drafting up what's needed. And it gives a lot of good tips for variations on the styles so you can change up the looks or get creative with your own ideas.
The one thing I wish there was more of is pictures of the finished items from all sides. Each skirt has a front image of just the skirt, unworn, and one modeled shot. And for most of the shots on an actual person it's taken from the side, out of focus, sitting down or, weirdly enough, in motion, so it's hard to see how it actually looks on someone. Not exactly helpful for visualizing or selecting the most flattering styles for your body type.
The waistband for this style is just a simple strip of double fold bias tape so that adds a nice and very easy finish. I was in a bit of a rush and completely forgot the book's advice to try it on before sewing in the zipper or waistband. This is key for a fitted waist so you can easily take in the sides, add darts or trim downward if things are a little loose or too tight. So I discovered after-the-fact that it gaped a bit at the waist. Doh! I had to taken in just the one side a bit to fix it up, so it's not the best fit ever, but I know better for next time.
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