To start with I was on a role, skirt cut out and most of it sewn up within a week! However, then it came to the waistband and it all came a bit unstuck. I just couldn't get my head round the waistband instructions. One week later, and with some great instructions courtesy of Toile & Trouble, and I have a finished skirt!
I've already worn it twice, first to see Stoker at Curzon Soho on Sunday, then to work again yesterday, and I really love it! It's the neatest item I've made so far (I know I also said that about the last dress but think this is even neater), and the fabric is really softm has a lovely crosshatch pattern and is a really vibrant blue. The pattern recommend using biastape to finish all the seams and the versions I've seen other folk made do look really professional done like this. However I was too impatient so most of my seams are finished with the overlock foot on my Bernina except the waistband which I did use bias trim for (you can just see the orange bias tape in the photo below). I used a hook and eye fastening but next time I might follow BlueSewnCat's lead and go for a button instead or get a bigger hook and eye as the one I used is extremely fiddly. The next version I'll probably just finish the seams with my overlock foot too as my priority is to get a few skirts made quickly as I'm so fed up with dark winter dresses!
|The troublesome waistband|
Blue Skies as sung by Willie Nelson never fails to lift my spirits so I've been listening to it a lot on the dark bus ride home from work -
Blue skies smilin' at me- Can you tell I'm just wishing for Spring now?!
Nothin' but blue skies do I see
Bluebirds singin' a song
Nothin' but blue skies from now on
N.B. Edited to add waistband advice from Toile & Trouble - these are supplementary and won't make much sense without the instructions given with the V1247 pattern.
To start with, your waistband is in one piece. It will be folded down the middle lengthways to form inner and outer. I would actually start by pressing it into place as it helps to identify it as inner and outer pieces.
21. Apply bias binding to the edge of the un notched edge between the dots (this will eventually be the inner waistband). The tapering bit sounds a bit tricky, but I think it just means cut it at an angle so it will not be lumpy later on. You could finish this edge with a neat zigzag/overlock stitch which would eliminate lumpiness later on, but bear in mind it will be visible on the inside of the skirt.
22. With right sides together, fold the waistband down the middle lengthways and sew as the diagram shows.
23. As instructions state.
24. Right sides together, pin your notched edges (outer waistband) to the top edge of the skirt, match all your markers up, and the square edges of the waistband to the opening edges. Stitch outer waistband to top edge of skirt. Trim and press towards waistband.
25. I don’t know what they mean by “blindstitch”, but at this point I would favour stitch in the ditch. Press your inner waistband in place, pin, with pins on outside of skirt. Look inside at the inner waistband - the edge you have finished should cover the join where you attached the outer waistband. Working from the outside of the garment (the one which will be on show) stitch right in the join between the waistband and the skirt fabric. If you have problems with this, try to find a youtube video for “stitch in the ditch” and I’m sure you’ll get it.