Dear Sewing Bloggers,
I want to announce the return of my enthusiasm for sewing. My 'mojo' has been missing for some months now, due to a number of factors. There were family illnesses and my own injury to a tendon in my hand that took forever to heal and made doing the scissor action of cutting out very difficult. There were a variety of other things that took my time and attention.
Well, all my family, I am glad to say, is well. My hand is better. Also I found that, while rotary cutters did nothing to help my situation, Fiskars spring loaded scissors help enourmously. That and the passage of time.
Anyway, enough. Life goes on and there are pretty patterns out there! I whipped up a little lace skirt on Saturday and today, in the midst of my photo shoot, my place is full of clothes that I am altering and projects I am planning to do and there is sewing stuff everywhere. Just like old times!
Here is the skirt with a top that is also me-made that works best with it.
I made the skirt to go with this top but I am not so sure it works .. I'll just wear it with pants!
I might have to make me another top with black trim..
Here is a better photo of the skirt, folded back to show the under layer and the deep cover stitched hem. Top layer stretch poly lace and under layer a mystery black knit, both from my stash.
The skirt how to: Take any straight skirt pattern, even a lining pattern for a skirt will do. Use that as your base. Make sure the finished circumference at hip level is your widest hip measurement plus 2" ease. The length is whatever length you want plus 2" hem. Cut the lining layer one inch shorter than the shell. If both your shell and lining are stretchy you can taper the skirt in for the waist as per your pattern, just don't sew the darts as you will be putting elastic in - half inch woven elastic two inches less than your waist circumference. Assemble your skirt and your lining. I serged mine. Put the skirt over the lining. The seams on the shell facing the lining layer, and the seams on the lining layer facing inwards, so they won't show through the lace when the skirt is worn.
At the waist fold the top seam allowances in on themselves, place one or to pins. Flip the layers out so you can readjust the first two pins and finish pinning around the circle. This is how I figure out how to do my elastic casing. It will make sense when you do it. Serge the edge. Flip it out the right way and do a narrow zig zag 5/8" from the edge, leaving a little gap. Thread your elastic in from the inside of the garment and stitch. Try the skirt on for length. Cover stitch (or narrow zig zag) your hems.
There it is, an in between season garment, up to date and as comfortable as a slip.
p.s. I needed thread and elastic to finish this on the weekend but when I went to my local Lincraft, which is ..umm.. poorly stocked at the best of times to get Gutterman thread I ended up trying Scanfil for the first time. My cantankerous cover stitcher loves that stuff. Bliss!
More to come soon,