Saturday, July 26, 2014
New Look 6843 view B-ish in black eyelet
My life is somewhat stabilizing after the big software release on 7/1. I feel like everyone needs something from me at work, and some days I'm getting over 100 emails, and I still have a boatload of documentation to write and data cleanup to do and I have office hours/support labs. However, I'm no longer working weekends (though I am tempted to put 2 totally uninterrupted hours from home this weekend, just to get a leg up). I'm back to the gym 3x a week. I'm reading books again. (10% Happier (non-fiction, meditation) and All Fall Down (Jennifer Weiner's latest).) I'm working less nights. And I sewed a whole entire skirt last weekend!
I have sewn view D/E from New Look 6843 many times before. That's the A-line version. I love love love how the skirt sits at the waist! It is *so* difficult to find skirt patterns that sit at the waist, which is the most flattering look for me and my pear shape.
Apparently I sewed view B/C once before in 2006 (as per my envelope notes) but who knows what skirt that was. I pulled out the pattern last weekend and made view B, minus the slit, and with the zipper on the side, and the CB cut on the fold because I used this fabulous 100% cotton black eyelet that I've had in my stash a long time, from Joann's. It was in their remnant bin years ago, and wasn't quite 1.25 yards. Usually all their remnants are under a yard but this one wasn't. I decided to go with more of a pencil shape because the eyelet runs straight up and down the fabric. It seemed like the pencil shape would "go better" with this fabric.
I decided to use bias tape (also from stash) for the waistband and for the hem. Basically folding the fabric in half meant that my skirt length was about 1.25 inches above the cut line for view B.
I lined it with black fabric that feels like rayon challis--but I remember buying it from Rag Shop (RIP) when I was a college student, probably summer of 1996 or '97. It feels fabulous!
I noticed on Carolyn's blog, one of her interior skirt shots, instead of sewing a dart she sewed in a pleat in the lining instead, which makes a lot of sense. So that is what I did here too.
Here I've flipped up the hems to show what it looks like inside. I used my narrow hem foot to hem the lining (on the right) and think it looks great! (though the basting stitch for the bias tape doesn't look so great--I suppose I could remove the basting stitch but it only shows from the wrong side and probably is providing some stability...)
Because it is 100% cotton, and I had driven to work wearing the skirt, it is already wrinkled for the ivy shots.
My work photographer calls these "mug shots"
Could you identify me in a lineup?
Sweet William from the Princeton Farmers Market