My felicity today is that I successfully made myself a skirt!
Photographer is 4.75 years old hence the focus problem.
It's the Amy Butler Barcelona A-line skirt with about 4" lopped off the bottom (seriously, the pattern seems to have set the length for maximum stumpification of legs) and sans zipper. I was given some stretch cotton recently and decided to make up the pattern to see how the sizing was and whether I liked the outcome.
I was unsure how to handle the stretch cotton because the pattern calls for quilting weight cotton which obviously has no stretch. So I sought the advice of two garment sewing experts, Lili from Spool of Thread who regularly teaches the Barcelona skirt as a class at the shop, and Heather, a fellow VMQG member and fabulous garment sewist. Lili suggested that if the cotton were stretchy enough, I could probably forego the zipper (YES PLEASE!), and she also gave me some good tips for fitting the skirt. Heather suggested I could leave the skirt unlined if the fabric were thick enough (time saver? YES PLEASE!), and told me how to make a waistband facing.
I was so buoyed by my success that I went ahead and ordered a pattern for a pencil skirt! And I'm going to go buy some stretch denim now to make myself a denim version of the Barcelona skirt. Hurrah!
Another "felicity" in my life doing what makes her happy: dancing!
So what are your felicities this week? Do tell, and please link up and share.
Have a great weekend!
I love the blurry pic. :)ReplyDelete
I like that pattern, but I agree, the shape needs to be altered. :) I was ok with the length, but I didn't like the crazy high waist! Looks great!
Cute skirt! Woot, woot garment sewing.ReplyDelete
Woah, too much sass for one post! You and your girl are seriously working those skirts! :)ReplyDelete
I love that skirt! I may need to get that pattern as it is so hard to find a-line skirts anywhere!ReplyDelete
That photo is super special (gotta lobe the little ones)! :)
I love the kid pics ; ) So I linked up, and linked back to your blogpost... but I can't figure out the button in the post linky thing.ReplyDelete
Well I'm excited for Friday Felicities! : ) Thanks for doing this!
Monika in Saskatoon
Killer skirt! Stretch denim? Awesome idea!ReplyDelete
Sweet skirt, Hot Mama! Yeow!!ReplyDelete
Great skirt, Felicity. I have that pattern too - and I've had fabric washed and ready to go for about 3 years. Maybe I should just make it already?!?ReplyDelete
Felicity... don't be scared by zippers.... totally not hard. I can show you how to put one in. The easiest and best looking are the invisible zippers but you do need a special invisible zipper foot.ReplyDelete
Wow, that's a great skirt, and with no zipper or lining, even I could handle that...ReplyDelete
I missed out on linking but really love the skirt. I don't make clothes so anyone who does is just amazing in my book.ReplyDelete
Yay for a new skirt and a budding photographer!ReplyDelete
cute skirt! And while your photographer may occasionally blur the pictures, she is so adorable that she is easily excused!ReplyDelete