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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?

Simplicity 2451 muslin

27 Aug

I only started to like swatching and blocking after a lot of time knitting, because my focus learning a new craft is always on gaining experience, practicing technique, figuring out what kind of projects I like, that sort of thing. I guess the same goes for muslins. The thought of making an entire garment just for practice  seems incredibly depressing, even though I know perfectly well that a stitch in time saves nine and all that.

Does this look like the sheets in your grandmother's spare bedroom? It probably was!

Well, I figured there’s really no way around making muslins for adult garment sewing, so here it is: Simplicity 2451, a pleated yoked skirt. I’m into it! And I see the value in making a muslin so I can make all the mistakes now instead of on the fashion fabric–such as, for example, sewing about half of the seams the wrong way out, as you can see on the yoke. I also realized that sewing muslins is fast, because you don’t have to press and finish seams.

The design and construction of this skirt are exactly like something I would buy in a store, and the shape is very flattering. It is about an inch too big around, so I’m in a quandary: do I a) stick with the same size and take a bigger seam allowance or b) cut the smaller size and hope the post-baby weight loss continues at its glacial but steady pace, or c) cut the smaller size and take a smaller seam allowance? I’ll also have to cut the fashion fabric longer, since there isn’t enough of a hem allowance for the fabric I have in mind.

And I should probably take advantage of this muslin to practice inserting a zipper, because the last time I tried to make myself a skirt everything went beautiful until I totally biffed the zipper and had to toss the whole thing. Stupid zippers!