I made a new skirt.
I really like it. I realize it is nothing special, and that I probably could have bought something similar. Or at least I could have 5 years ago, which is when I came across this inspiration image:
Whatever, I like my skirt better. It is exactly the right shade of yellow ochre. It has exactly the right amount of A-line flare. It doesn’t pooch out in the front like most RTW skirts. It didn’t cost $80 which is what I vaguely recall this skirt costing. And it only took me 5 years, 3 machines, and I’m-not-going-to-count-how-many-yards-of-fabric to learn how to sew it.
I used the same pattern I used previously for my olive twill skirt, reducing the flare slightly and swapping the patch pockets for standard jeans-style pockets front and back. I was just finishing up the pockets when I happened to read one of Kyle’s posts in which she mentioned pre-treating some corduroy for pants. Oops. I threw the pieces in the wash and dried them then held them up to the pattern pieces to see how much I’d lost. It was only about 1/4″ on the cross grain but nearly and inch in the length. I had to recut the waistband (which was cut on the cross grain) and I made a very narrow hem (narrower than in the photo above) but the skirt turned out fine. See, you can learn anything in five years.
Hmm, now that I notice the dates on these photos it seems I cut this out almost a month ago, so let’s call it five years and one month. And while I’m clearing out my flashcard here are some other photos I came across:
A twist top made from B4789, started last spring and finished this summer. Only worn recently when it got cool enough.
A tunic/minidress thingy using M6612 made around the same time. I like this one too although I have to say the length looks pretty awful in the photo. Maybe I should hem it.
And Joey’s first day of school!
I’d like you to note that while I was learning to make jeans-style pockets and rescue myself from washing machine sizing disasters, Joey learned to speak English, to make logical inferences, and to generally comport himself as a human being. And all this took him only 3 years.