First order of business – I received my fabric.com and Hawthorne threads orders yesterday and today… so I have a mound of oh-soooo-pretty-I’m-drooling fabric and no patterns to sew it with!
So last night, I got my tape measure, and some of Bubbas paper and crayons out, sat in front of some Grey’s Anatomy re-runs and drafted a wrap around skirt pattern, using some of my cheaper fabric I found here in Tbilisi, a lightweight cotton floral print. I used 1 back piece and 2 front pieces as I am having the skirt wrap at the front. When I put together the three pieces and tried it on, it was much too ‘flowy’ as I cut each piece to be almost double the width at the bottom as the top. So I took the seams in to be a little more “tulip” shape, and cut the front piece to be also what I call “tulip” – oh just look at the picture and decide for yourself – doesn’t flare out at the bottom. It is hard to see how the front overlaps in this picture, I’ve done some unintentional print matching……!!
In any case, because the front piece was curved now from the waistband down along the hemline, I was wondering how on earth I was going to do the edging without it puckering and a LOT of effort (and then hem the remaining part of the skirt the same!?)…. so I used a strip of fabric cut on the bias folded over once, and sewed it raw edges together all along the edge and hem, then ironed it away from the fabric, and folded over and sewed it down (see this MUCH more thorough explanation of the same for a neckline here). I had just done this method for a neckline the other day so thought it would be a neat finish taking into account the curve.
Before I did it, I just made sure that the skirt was at a good length!!
For the waistband and ties, I used the same process as Tilly uses for the Miette skirt, you can find it on her awesome website here!
I’m so happy with how it came out for a self-drafted pattern, and although it’s just a tad too big, I’m definately going to be wearing this around Tbilisi this summer!!
Now I need to also work on my photography skills…. that was the best picture of me in the skirt out of around 20 – I’m definately not in the ‘selfie’ generation!