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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Super Online Sewing Match Round 1 Project: A-Line Skirt



 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!
I also used fusible interfacing on the lining of the pockets, which I'm glad I did because they pressed very nicely.

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!
I think the biggest challenge I encountered while sewing this skirt was when, despite stay-stitching and lots of measuring, the waist was somehow too big for my waistband when I went to sew it on. After some frustration, I decided to leave it for the night and try again the next day. After thinking about it at work that day, I just kind of eased the skirt onto the waistband (with lots of pins) and that worked like a charm! (Much to my relief).

Sorry about the wrinkles on the back view! I forgot to take a back view shot initally, so I had my mom take one for me later after I'd been wearing it (and driving) for a few hours.

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.



I finished the hem with some rayon hem tape I had and I hand-sewed it so the stiches would be nearly invisible from the right side. I made a 1.5 inch hem and had my skirt hit just below the knee (my favorite length!).

Here's some pictures of my pattern drafting process:
I first made a simple A-line skirt pattern with my measurements using the technique Deborah outlines in the video. I made a muslin of that pattern, which fit quite snugly. My mom helped me make my darts, which I transferred to the pattern. I wanted my skirt a bit more flared, so I used the "slash and spread" method she demonstrated. I used the hip line as a guide and added 1/2 an inch to each slash in my pattern at that point. I made another muslin and it fit great! I was ready to cut out my fabric.

I looked up some tips for sewing with corduroy on the net and I came across a Threads Magazine article that suggested serging the cut edges of your fabric before washing it. I had a total "Why the heck didn't I think of this before?" moment! Instead if being a tangled mess of threads and fuzz, it came out of the wash in perfect shape! I'll definitely be doing this every time I wash fabric from now on.
Here are my final traced pattern pieces.

These are the two pattern pieces I made for my pockets. The one on the left is my first draft, and the one on the right is my second draft after adding a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

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.

36 comments:

  1. What a wonderful skirt - I love the cowboy pockets so much!

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    1. Thank you! I was wondering if they would look cheesy but I actually really liked how they turned out!

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  2. I love your skirt and the pockets are really cute

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  3. Awesome skirt! I would love to make some for myself but they don't look good on me.

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    1. Thanks! I bet if you play around with the length/fullness you could find a skirt that looks great on you. I know I did before I figured out the shape that looks best with my body type!

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  4. Oooh, lovely!! The skirt looks great on you and I really like the cowboy fabric :)

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    1. Thank you Sarah! I love this fabric too- I've had it in my stash for years and I was so excited to finally use it!

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  5. It turned out really cute. I love how you were able to incorporate the novelty fabric, but keep it toned down so as to be wearable for every-day.

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    1. Thanks! That's what I was going for so I'm glad you think it worked! I love fun novelty fabrics but I want to try to stay out of "costume" territory :)

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  6. It looks great!! I love the color and the finishing is fantastic!!

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  7. The cowboy fabric is awesome, and the skirt looks lovely on you!

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  8. This is gorgeous! I especially love the cowboy print and the cute pocket details :)

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  9. Great skirt! Love how cowboys and corduroy are so perfect for each other!

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  10. That skirt and your outfit are super cute! I just love the cowboy print details!

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  11. Just found your blog through SOSM - I really love this skirt - the pockets are the perfect touch! And thanks for the serge edge before washing tip - duh! I will definitely be doing that from now on :) Good luck in the competition!!

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    1. Thanks! I've been serging everything before I wash it now ever since I tried that tip. I can't believe it never occurred to me before. I'm glad someone else found it helpful too :)

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  12. Your skirt is my favorite! I love the pockets. It's a great way to add a little fun detail without being overwhelmed by print. I'm definitely going to be using that idea in the future.

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    1. Thanks! That's kind what I was going for so I'm glad I was able to pull it off!

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  13. I love everything about this skirt! Great job for your first round and can't wait to see what else you make in the contest.
    Amanda

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    1. Thank you! I hope I'll be making at least a few more!

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  14. I adore this skirt! The pockets are awesome, but the whole skirt is just perfect on you. Love the pretty inside too!

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  15. Your skirt is definitely on of my favorites! I just love the horse details; they really make the skirt!

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  16. Love the skirt - the colour, the pockets, the cowboy fabric.
    I really love your style, probably because it is similar to mine...and you definitely rock it.
    I notice you have the Hawthorne sew-along pin. I look forward to seeing what you create.

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    1. Thanks Anouk! I'm hoping I can find the time to actually get my Hawthorne done in time for the sewalong now that I'm doing this contest!

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  17. Nice job, I love the cowboy detail!!

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  18. It's lovely! The details that you put into really make it special. And the fabrics, what a great combo! It was totally worth busting your butt after work to make!

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    1. Thanks Melissa! I really appreciate it! I do hope that this crazy sewing schedule pays off somehow!

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  19. This is a very pretty skirt. I'll have to keep this in mind when cooler weather rolls around here!

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    1. Thank you! I think corduroy is great for cold weather. I think I'll have to line this one though if I want to wear it with tights!

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  20. Hi really love all the detail you put on the inside. At the ripe old age of 40 I'm totally new to sewing (I'm in the UK and was inspired by our 'Great British Sewing Bee').

    Personally I don't want to make garments that look 'home made' and that's why I love your skirt so much :)

    Good luck with the rest of the comp

    Jason

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    1. Thanks and good luck with your sewing! I'd love to see what you make.

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  21. Love your skirt I side and out. You've got me thinking about garment sewing again. Good luck!

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