Since seeing this skirt about 2 weeks ago, I knew I needed to make one of my own. I went to my local fabric store (LFS), and looked in vain for gingham taffeta. I seriously wanted to make the EXACT same skirt. Sigh. It was not meant to be. I got a grip and started trolling the available heavier weighted fabrics. This jumped out at me:
Huge polka dots? Yes, please! I bought all of it. (Only 3 yds.) I then drafted my very complex pattern of two rectangles, cut it out, and sewed it together. For the waistband, I used something I had never heard of before, Ban Roll. I’ll talk about this more in a later post. While I love the stiffness of the waistband, somewhere along the way I subtracted an inch. You wouldn’t think an inch would be that important, but in a waistband, it is vital. I can’t zip up the skirt! Well, I can get it to the bottom of the waistband, and then I start swearing and sweating. Rather than take the waistband off, make a longer one, and sew it back on, I’m opting to make a corset. I’m a very practical girl, you see. Actually I normally am, but this fabric shows every little hole, and I can’t bear the possibility of ruining this skirt. Thus, the more labor intensive solution. Take a look at the finished skirt, and I think you’ll see why I’m being so crazy!
To finish the skirt, I decided to hem it by hand. I used a catch stitch, and it’s only slightly visible on the right side. It was hard to pick up only a strand or two because the skirt has some stretch that I didn’t observe in the store. Oh well. It took me 3 days to hem the whole thing.
I plan to make a few more of these skirts in solids for the coming school year. I think they are just darling. Do you have a favorite skirt pattern?