The main fabric is something I bought off eBay - always a gamble when it comes to fabric shopping. I was looking for something with an art deco feel, although many people have since told me that it looks like an African print, and I agree. I'm not sure about the content. It was advertised as rayon, which it might be, but there could be other synthetics mixed in as well. It's very lightweight and likes to fray so I finished the side seams with bias tape.
The pleats fixed the bunchy butt problem, but then I had issues with the length. I didn't do much in the way of measuring when I cut my rectangles, and I ended up having to shorten the hem quite a bit before I found a length that felt flattering.
I'll just call it a testament to my skill that you can barely see it in this picture. I followed a very helpful tutorial over at What Would Nancy Drew Wear but hand picked (prick stitched?) the last steps to keep it neat, ala Sunni's tutorial here. I also applied interfacing in strips to the seam allowances where the zipper was inserted, which really helped for dealing with this slippery and delicate fabric. If I had been wise, I think I would have cut the interfacing to be twice as wide as the seam allowance so that my hand-stitching had reinforcement has well (it falls outside the seam allowance). Next time.
Coming off a high from finishing up this skirt and my 1970s blouse, I decided to tear through another project with a stash-busting Sorbetto...
|contemplating my next project?|
Instead of using bias tape, I added piping to the edges and pressed the seam allowances to the inside. It probably could still use some kind of finishing on the inside, so I will either catch-stitch it down or top-stitch on the outside, catching the seam allowance underneath. Not too fancy, just an easy top to wear during the summer and to my shifts at the coffee shop.
I'm happy to be adding some separates to my self-made wardrobe. I think I may actually get a lot of wear out of these this summer!