Because of weekend activities, I didn't have a lot of time to sew this weekend...just a few hours tonight. But I already knew what I wanted to make...a couple more of my easy-to-sew, elastic-waist straight skirt.
I decided to make one from the remaining 2 yards of the red sueded silk, to go with the white silk crepe tank top from my SWAP and the red floral silk jersey cardigan.
I also made one from one of my border prints. I need to start using these up because the remaining weekends for summer sewing are starting to draw to a close...I think I have like 6 left...I bought 5 yards of this cotton/lycra stretch border print from Fabric Mart and it made a great little skirt:
There's still enough of it left for me to make the dress I originally purchased this piece for...so it will be a two-fer with this fabric! Yeah!
This skirt consists of one pattern piece that is from an OOP skirt pattern that is over a decade old and has been traced onto pattern paper to preserve it's life.
1. I cut the front piece with the pattern piece laid full out.
2. I cut the back piece with the pattern piece folded in half and a 5/8" seam allowance added to only one side.
3. After the fabric is cut out, I clean finish the edges on my serger.
4. Then all the seams are pinned and sewn together.
5. Press the seams flat then open.
6. Measure 2" down for the top for an elastic casing.
7. Cut a piece of 1" non-roll elastic exactly 37" (I was given a formula to get this number years ago, by Anne of Needle Nook Fabrics...but I lost it in a computer crash) However, this number works every time!
8. Stitch the casing down leaving a 2" gap at the back seam. Press.
9. Insert elastic (I use a large safety pin on the edge of the elastic to pull it through the casing.)
10. Stitch the two ends of the elastic together - some people butt these together with fabric but I just lay one piece on top of the other (about an 1" long) and stitch it together.
11. Stitch the casing closed.
12. Spread the elastic evenly through the waistband, then stitch in the ditch at the seamlines, through the elastic in the casing to insure that the elastic doesn't shift.
13. Measure up the hem (my standard is usually 1"). Press.
14. Machine stitch the hem and press.
The skirt is ready to wear! This takes about 90 minutes from cut-out to try-on.
I've made three of them now...used some interesting summer fabrics...so I'm ready to move onto my Butterick 5147 Dress and the sew-along.
Closing shot of me wearing the skirt that started this journey with a twinset:
...as always, more later!