FO: Simplicity 2451

7 Sep

This is my very first adult garment, and my very first successful zipper (invisible, no less!) installation. I have a lot to say about it!

First, I’m really glad I’ve made so many baby clothes using tutorials. Since tutorials make you do a lot of the work yourself, they end up teaching garment construction really well. This skirt felt very straightforward and came together with no major mistakes (although making the muslin sure helped with that).

side view; check out those pocket!

Second, I used this tutorial to insert the zipper, although this one at Colette also looks good. I’m pretty happy with it. There’s a slight bulge at the bottom left, but it’s not very noticeable and, anyway, I’m really going after process rather than perfection right now. I’m sure the second will be better.

I stole the superhero pose.

Third, the facing. Yikes. I tried machine sewing and it looked terrible; then I tried handsewing and it also looked terrible plus was too difficult, and so I finally decided on a half-handsewing half-machine sewing solution: I used the handwheel to sew the entire thing to make sure that I was stitching right in the ditch.

Fourth, the hem. Well, there’s not much to say, really: handsewed it, and thank goodness for This American Life.

Final result? Honestly, I don’t think it’s going to get much wear–the combination of the print and the shape is maybe a teensy matronly, and I don’t really have anything to wear with it. But the major point was for me to get over my fear of adult garment sewing, so a success on that front!

Next time  with this pattern I’ll use a fabric with more drape and also cut a size smaller. I took this one in half an inch and it’s still a little big. Also, about the facing business: I inspected my similarly shaped Merona skirt to see what it did about the facing business (I mean the business of having to sew it down in a non-noticeable fashion) and realized that the lining took care of it. Merona is my go-to for assessing home-sewn garments: I figure I should be able to sew something at least as adeptly as Target, and in theory I can add the details that distinguish nice clothes that I can’t afford anymore, like contrasting facings and pockets, not to mention decent sewing. I bought a shirt from Target recently and was outraged at how poorly it was sewn.

Anyway, I might try inserting a lining in the next one, especially since I’m planning on wool. It’s got to cool off here sometime, right?

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