When I took photos of my Miette sweater, I realized that my much loved upcycled denim skirt is on its last legs. I wear that skirt all.the.time. so when we went into Vancouver for Mr. Stitch’s birthday at the end of April I quickly snuck into Dressew and got myself some denim for a new skirt.
- Pattern: Simplicity 1717. In these photos I’m wearing it with my modified version of the Sorbetto in Nani Iro double gauze.
- Fabric: Lightweight 100% cotton denim (with no stretch).
- Time in the Stash: 2 days. Really.
- Modifications: Took in ½” from the side seams from the bottom of the skirt, tapering to nothing at the hipline. Chopped off 3 ½” in length.
- Stashbusting Tally: I hardly think a two day stay in the stash counts, don’t you agree?
The instructions for this pattern where super clear, although I really didn’t look at them much except for guidance with the waist facing finishing. The idea with the amazing fit patterns is that you should baste the seams in place, try on the skirt to check the fit, and then make adjustments as you go along. Well, that seemed like a whole lot of work to me: who wants to start making a garment knowing ahead of time that you’ll have to rip all seams? Not me. So instead I just measured the flat pattern and sewed the seams with a regular length stitch. I tried on the skirt before finishing the facings and it fit quite well, except for the fact that it was a bit too A-Line for my taste. I ended up taking in the side seams by ½” inch at each side and tapering to nothing at the hipline. Of course this involved ripping the side seams anyway – so much for my wanting to save myself the hassle!
The denim ended up being quite a lot thinner than I expected. It did feel nice and sturdy at the store, and I made sure the fabric had no stretch to it, but after washing it the weave loosened up to the point that it behaves a lot more like linen (it wrinkles like mad) than denim. I don’t think the fabric was stiff enough for the pockets because these sag a bit and would have fared better had I added interfacing to them.
The waistline facing is finished with bias tape. I did mine in a bright red for a pop of colour but forgot to take a photo of it so you’ll just have to take my word for it. In fact, on some of these photos you can kind of see the bulk of the binding pressing through the fabric, creating a line/crease about a half an inch below the waistband seam. I believe this is caused by the fabric’s light weight because the crease was not there when I tried on the skirt prior to finishing the facing. Such is life. If it continues to bug me I’ll just rip the bias tape and will finish it on my serger to get rid of the bulk.
I wanted a fairly nondescript denim skirt I could wear with everything and I think that’s what I got: it’s a perfectly good wardrobe basic and I believe I will get lots of wear out of it. With two a-line skirts under my belt so far this summer I’m beginning to think that I should give a straight skirt pattern a try. By this I don’t mean a pencil skirt (not too flattering on my pear shaped figure), but perhaps something that is not so flared. Can any of you suggest a pattern that may fit this description?