So, I’m taking part in Sew Colette, the Colette Sewing Handbook sew-along. I’m kind of behind their schedule… (I have a feeling I’m going to be fashionably late for all of the five projects!) The up side for being a bit behind is that I can read about how everyone else gets along with their projects and see some photos of the finished product, and hopefully get a heads up about any challenges that may lurk before me. Last week the group already moved on to the Pastille dress, but I have finally finished my Meringue skirt so I want to share!
One of the reasons it took me a while to get going on this skirt is that I took my time going through the first part of the Colette Sewing Handbook, reviewing all the sewing and dressmaking basics. When it came to cutting out patterns, usually I would trace a pattern onto tracing paper and then pin it to my fabric in order to cut out the pieces. This time, though, I tried out one of Sarai’s suggestions and I traced the pattern onto freezer paper, so that I could just Iron the pieces onto the fabric for a more precise cut. This didn’t really end up working for pieces that are meant to be cut on the fold, because the bottom fabric can shift really easily. I think it would work really well with patterns that have pieces not on the fold though.
I had some fit problems in the (ahem…) derriere. There were diagonal lines on the backside of the skirt and the Colette Sewing Handbook categorizes this as (and I quote) a “protruding derriere.” I couldn’t find really clear instructions about how to
alter the pattern for this particular problem, so I wasn’t exactly sure what to do, but then I stumbled on a post by Julia Bobbin entitled “How to add extra room for your backside – skirt.” This was pretty helpful, but I think there are still some fit problems.
Things I learned through the making of the Meringue skirt:
– How to alter the pattern to better fit my shape (Thanks you Julia!)
– How to insert an invisible zipper and hook & eye (easier than I thought!)
– Freezer paper does not work so well when cutting on a fold, because the bottom piece is not fixed to the pattern piece and it can slip when cutting.
-and lastly sewing PATIENCE! I made a muslin first, which is new for me.
In the end, I am pretty happy with how it turned how. I really like the purple with the pink scallops. What do you think? Are you taking part in Sew Colette?