|Hmm...both the mountain and the skirt are vaguely A-line, have silvery parts and bluish parts and darker parts...but so far as I know my skirt isn't on Saruman's side.|
Knowing that this fabric would be tricky, I very carefully laid it out, tried my darndest to make sure the grain wasn't wonky, and then cut with a rotary cutter. I switched to a new needle for very lightweight fabrics. I pinned and sewed oh-so-carefully, made a lovely high interfaced waistband, and even took the trouble of seam binding everything (not industriousness on my part, actually, since this fabric frays when you even think about it. You know like how you sneeze when people are talking about you somewhere? This fabric just starts falling apart). And then I decided that what this fabric really wanted was an invisible zipper, so I put in the best one I had ever done. It was actually invisible and everything. Only thing is...
...somehow, despite all of my careful measuring and pinning and sewing, there were two glaring problems: 1) The center back zipper was off-center. 2) One side of the waistband was at least a centimeter higher than the other. What happened?! So I ripped everything out, re-measured and pinned and sewed, and while it was better, it was still off. Lather, rinse, repeat. Still wrong. Friends, I ripped this black, invisible zipper out of polyester satin THREE TIMES. By the end of it I thought I was going to go blind from trying to see black thread on a black base.
|Ugh. Ugh ugh ugh.|
One could actually argue that this is the most wearable of my garments, being that it is neither impractically long and white nor made out of childish fabric. I actually look like a respectable grown-up! That is, if respectable grown-ups are allowed to have wrinkly skirts that hang funny. Although to be honest, when I asked my husband if he could tell what was wrong with it, he replied "It looks really high. Did you mean to make it that high?" So at least to the casual observer who knows that high-waisted skirts are all the rage now (are they really? I'm just declaring it to be so), the zipper and side seam aren't glaringly horrible.
Pattern: None; I sketched a quick A-line skirt with a "center" back zipper
Fabric: 1.5 yards (with a random square missing) of polyester satin from the stash, purchased three years ago (pre-sewing, when I just got fabrics because they looked pretty, or else I never would've gotten polyester)
Notions: Interfacing, invisible zipper, seam binding
|I still need to add a hook and eye at the top, but I kind of don't want to look at this skirt anymore for a little bit.|
Hours: I'm embarrassed to say I've probably spent about seven hours on this ridiculous thing.
Will you make this again? No way!
Total cost: I don't remember how much this fabric was, but the store I got it at usually sells stuff like this at $2/yd, so the whole skirt was probably about $5 with the zipper. But it was all in my stash already, so it feels free. And it dang well better be, for how much it cost in time!
Final thoughts: I love that it's high-waisted. I love that it skims nicely over my hips. When I'm wearing it I can't see the wonky zipper so I can pretend it's not there. Also this is the first garment I've made in a while where I can see my knees. All in all, not bad, but not great either.
|Turning my face away in shame. But hey, at least I've got fun hair!|