Hi everyone,
I am back with a new project for the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network (#MCBN).
For my second project I chose to make a skirt. Because I do not actually own a denim skirt, I think the Art Gallery Denim Fabric called 'distressed' denim was perfect with the Butterick Sewing Pattern no 6326, view A. I already had the pattern in my stash from a sewing magazine subscription.
My body measurements put me in size 14. however from my experience with the Big 4 pattern companies I know that this will be too have been too large. Therefore I chose to cut a size 12 instead after checking the finished garment measurements on the pattern pieces. Also I shortened the skirt by 5 cm, so that them is above my knees. I actually only used about 70cm of my fabric because of this.
The skirt construction is very simple so I did not use them at all. As some of you already know, I love pretty insides as much as the outside. This was also my first project that I made on my new overlocker which I got at the GBSB live in London in September 2017, her name is Baby ;). Because of my choice of thread and fabric you cannot see the topstitching. But in this case I am not bothered, because I wanted the fabric to get the centre stage in this make. You can barely see in on the wrong side where my finger is. Can you spot it?
Before adding the facing I decided to try on the skirt just to check the fit, in case I needed to let it out. To my surprise, although, I sized down, I needed to take it in 2 cm, which means my side seams ended up being 2cm (0.5cm on each pattern piece – only side seams). Because I wanted to add an exposed metal zip, I added the facing to the skirt first. I also chose to stitch in place the facing close to the bottom edge. Here is a close up of the top of the skirt from the right side.
The zipper insertion was the most tedious part of the construction. I used my clips and pins to put it into place, before sewing it in.
I used black thread so that the stitches on the zipper tape do not stand out.
By putting my zip on the outside the zipper teeth won’t irritate my skin if I choose to keep my tops on the outside, as they sit on top of the fabric.
All that was left to do was to hem the skirt and try it on. But it was too long still. So I’ve turned over my 5cm hem once more. I ended shortening it by a total of 10 cm, to get the skirt I wanted. Being such as simple design this was not very hard to achieve.
I am really pleased with the result. My skirt fits well and it did not take a lot to achieve the perfect fit. It can be done during construction. Which is perfect for me as I am not a big fan of making toiles to check the fit.
I think although it’s made with denim, you can’t really tell. What do you think will I get away with it, if I wear it in the office? Or maybe that exposed zip is one step too far.
Sewing Summary:
Pattern: Butterick B6326 view A
Fabric: just under 1 m of Art Gallery The Denim Studio Distressed Denim Fabric – Rainy night
Notions: 9” black metal zip , interfacing for the waist band.
Sewing time: about 3 hours including tracing the pattern pieces.
Modifications: shortened skirt by 5” (10 cm), and used 2cm seam allowance on the side seams.
Fit: Good!, needed to take the side seams in
Difficulty: simple.
Watch out for: nothing in particular
Make Again?: Yes. But I will make it with plain fabric and use contrasting thread to top-stitch the seams to show off the princess seams.
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