17 June 2011

Falling stars skirt: Simplicity 2215

I completed this a week or so ago, but I've been waiting for some sunshine so that I can take some good photos of it. But it's just been drizzling and rainy for the past ten days. Here's the "Falling stars skirt", using Simplicity 2215:

It's an asymmetrical pleated skirt, with a side zip. I omitted the pockets - I know a lot of sewists love pockets, but I never use them.

It's a bit poofier than I'd hoped it would be. It doesn't help that I'm popping my hip in this photo (it's a bad habit). But it's light and floaty, and very comfortable. All in all, I'm pleased with the skirt. It involved an invisible zip, which I can report was easy-peasy: full success! Hurrah!

I used Liberty lawn (of course). This print is called "My Little Star". It was the first Liberty fabric I bought, even before I took up sewing, so I was excited to finally use it. Because it's a lawn, the skirt needed lining: I used a bemberg rayon, which is the slipperiest, slitheriest fabric I've ever dealt with (it's a good job it's just the lining, because I am not proud of the very crooked sewing).

I just need the sun to shine, so that I can take this skirt out and show her a good time (which in my books means a nice stroll in the park and maybe some tea and cake).

"But this wasn't in your works-in-progress!", I hear you cry. And yes, that's true. But the Sencha was, and it turned into such an ordeal, that I needed something nice and pretty to make up for it.

I look furious in this photo - but wouldn't you if your blouse gave you a weird under-boob poof? It's not a good look. I spent an age trying to eliminate this: lengthened the darts, reduced them, took the side seams in, out... and then I just gave up. But I want this blouse to work, so if anyone has any suggestions, please let me know!

But on the plus side, I adjusted the neckline following some suggestions and I really like this adjustment. Now if I can just get the rest of the blouse to work.

In the meantime, I'm working on a Colette Ginger and Sorbetto, but more on that another time.

Have a lovely weekend & speak soon!

this week's flower: peonies