Here it is, the skirt I've been working furiously on this week for Sew Mama Sew's Super Online Sewing Match! The first challenge was to make your own A-line skirt using the video tutorial "Design and Sew and A-Line Skirt" by Deborah Moebes on Craftsy. I chose to make my skirt in a high-waisted, vintage-inspired style similar to the pattern below. I got this cute vintage Australian pattern when I was the Peace Corps in Tonga and I've been planning to make a skirt like this ever since, so this challenge was a perfect opportunity to try it out.
I used this dark plum/brownish color corduroy I had in my stash which I'm pretty sure I picked it up at a thrift store at some point. I used a cowboy print cotton (also from my stash-yay for me!) for the lining of the pockets and waistband and also made bias tape with it to bind the inside seams. The two buttons on the pockets are from my (way too large) vintage button stash.
I drafted my own pattern for the pockets, which you can see later on in this post. I also decided to make an actual waistband for my dress, though in the video Deborah shows using bias tape or a facing. I just thought I wouldn't get the proper vintage look I was going for without one. I just cut a long rectangle a few inches longer than my waist out of both the corduroy and the cowboy fabric. I used some lightweight fusible interfacing on the cowboy fabric, but I'm thinking now that I should have used something a bit heavier, since it ended up creasing soon after I put it on. Oh well!
Here's the side zipper. It actually went in with no issues, which was awesome. Those things can be tricky when they feel like it!
Here's some views of the inside:
I bound the side seams with bias tape I made from the cowboy fabric and I also used it to line the waistband. I used the continuous bias tape method from the Colette Sewing Handbook.
That's pretty much it! Thanks for checking out my project and fingers crossed that I make it to the next round!
PS: Thanks so much to Erin for helping me take the pictures! I really appreciate your help.