Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Sewing a new skirt for Autumn

My sewing machine has been repaired and cleaned and works very nicely. I had so much fabric let over from the six-gore skirt that I decided to go all out and do a skirt without a pattern.

I really, really want one of these Vivien of Holloway Pinafore skirts, but a) they're kind of expensive, and b) they don't come in my size. So, what's a girl to do? Well, they look like straight skirts with some darts for shaping, an extra high waist and straps added on. That shouldn't be too hard, right?

Well it took longer than I thought simply because I managed to throw my back out and sitting for long periods of time hurt too much. I eventually made myself start it on Saturday so I could wear it to a wedding on Sunday. The straps originally went over the shoulders straight, but I had cut them too long and my sloped shoulders enabled them to slip down constantly. After we got back from the wedding on Monday, I took the straps off in the back and crossed them over.
my big butt

The straps are far more stable now and actually fit! The skirt itself could use some tweaking, but since no pattern was used, I think it's a good effort over all.

Here's the front:

front of skirt

1 comment:

50sgal said...

Great job and I love the material. You cannot go wrong with grey. Isn't it funny how once you begin sewing you can see something you like and then reproduce it. It is trial and error but along the way you learn what to do next time. If you 'third family member' shows up, you can sew up some wonderful vintage maternity dresses, tops. One of my followers, Cedar, not sure if you see her around the site, is now expecting and it going to be making vintage maternity ware. I'd say I am jealous, but not sure when I would fit a child into my schedule. I am giving myself two years to decide yea or nay on that front.