Friday, February 17, 2012

My skirt so far:

Yesterday I got the fabric cut out, but decided not to start sewing.  I knew that I was almost tired, and that I'd be more likely to make mistakes.  So I spent some time knitting instead.  I'm close to being finished with the back of my new cardigan!

Today I got started on the sewing, in between loads of laundry.  I've gotten about 2/3 done, I'd say.  All that's left is the zipper, waistband, buttonhole and hem.


The pockets on this one are a fair amount of work, and they took me even longer because I decided to use my machine's triple stitch for all the topstitching.  It takes three times as long - but I think I benefited by having to go slower.


I really like the jeans styling on this pattern.  Here's a shot of the side seam; the seam allowance is pressed toward the back and topstitched down.


I used a medium blue chambray for the pocket lining.  The heavier stitching is the topstitching in triple stitch, and the finer one is understitching the seam allowance to the pocket lining.  I have a hard time with understitching.  I'm not sure why it's so hard for me, but this is the best understitching I've ever done, so I'm happy about that.

For those who wonder:  polish is China Glaze Lemon Fizz,
with some Sally Hansen Glass Slipper on top.

One of the things I like about PDF patterns is that I can load the instructions on my iPad rather than print them out.  So another reason I knew it was time to stop for today is that the iPad ran out of juice!

I love the enormous pockets, and I keep thinking about all the things I can keep in there!


Anybody else going to make up this pattern?

16 comments:

  1. Not going to make one, Gail. I wore one constantly years ago. Made with jean material. Oh, how well I remember.
    hugs
    Gerry

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    1. I have a very similar skirt in blue denim that I bought about 10 years ago. It's one of my favorite items of clothing - I wear it all the time!

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  2. The seams look so so good. It's looking really nice.

    This skirt is on my list to make. I think I might go without the suspenders just because I think I might be a bit too old for them. Maybe? Oh, who knows.

    Looking forward to seeing it and how you accesorize it.

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    1. Well, I am definitely too old for the suspenders! (48 in 9 days!) But if I were still in my '30s, I would wear them! I think you should go for it! Plus, they're buttoned on, so you're not locked in, and they don't add to the yardage amount either.

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  3. Ooh, I love the topstitching! It really looks great! This is going to be so cute!

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  4. Oh, and your new header is super cool!

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    1. Thanks! More fun with Picnik before it shuts down.

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  5. I hear you about slow triplestitch but man it looks good! The skirt is looking so lovely, Gail!

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    1. Thanks! I really enjoyed doing the triplestitch too, and it's the first time I've used any stitch on my machine other than straight or zigzag!

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  6. Hi, I've been reading your blog for a while, first time commenting :)
    I'm intrigued by this new line of patterns, I am keen to see what the blogosphere (silly word, haha) does with them! I think yours is going to look sweet!

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    1. Hi Jo! Thanks for the comment, and congrats on your new blog - I popped over there :-)

      I'm really liking the pattern so far. There is a group for Victory Patterns on flickr, but there are only a few members and pictures up there at the moment. I'll be making the Anouk dress this spring too - just got my fabric yesterday! Exciting!

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  7. You do know that I'm just sitting hear reading this post in awe, right? This skirt is so absolutely beautiful and I know it'll look wonderful on you. You're my seamstress goddess!

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  8. OH MY !! How much am I in love with your fabric ? Cant wait to see the finished garment ! xx

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    1. I really love this fabric too. And it comes in lots of colors. Hmmm . . . there may be more of it in my future!

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  9. Gail, the skirt is looking just fabulous. I may have to copy you and make one for myself :)

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