I bought that serger so that I’d be uninhibited about garment sewing, and by golly, it’s high time I did some garment sewing with it!
On Monday, after having cycled through the same four pairs of trousers and two skirts all summer, I found myself fed up and wanting something new to wear. I rummaged around in the back of my closet and found a dress which I liked in principle, but couldn’t find the right bra to wear beneath. I cut off the top of the dress and wore it as a skirt.
That held me over for two days, then I had to wear something different.
I am ready to start cycling my wardrobe into autumn. My idea for late summer/autumn right now is all jewely-sparkly, with sparkling large-scale prints and sparkling jewel colors and sparkling Czech bead jewelry. So here’s the first skirt, made from Tula Pink’s line Nest. I used Simplicity 4236, view A, but aligned the piece differently on the fabric so the pattern would be upright (though not, I confess, matched at the seams). This makes a full-circle skirt and takes exactly three yards of fabric.
I like it. It’s a dressmaker’s nightmare but looks fine from the outside. Two changes I’d like to make on the next one–or even on this one–are to find a length of wide ribbon or edging to create a real waistband with, and put in a lining to make it stand out (even) better.
W00t! I have another piece of Nest to make another skirt–this one the egg-in-nest pattern. I really want to make skirts out of a couple of Anna Maria Horner designs, but enough is enough. And when those Czech beads and jewelry findings show up, I’ll have my work cut out for me.