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Color me disappointed

2013 March 27
by elizabeth_admin

I remember way back when, I wrote a post about how do our garments wear.  I meant, how do they look after being washed, worn, put through their paces, as it were.  Some things I make and they just become workhorses in my wardrobe, like my batwing tops or the wrap dresses or my rain coat.  But others, for various reasons, don’t make it past the first wearing for the photo for the pattern review.  Case in point: the Kelly green skirt I made recently…



If you will recall, I wasn’t blown away by the look of this skirt on me.  I felt the kangaroo pockets accentuated my belly area unattractively.  But I loved the cotton sateen fabric, the color, and the beautiful topstitched hem.  I wore it a couple of times and then popped it into the washer.  When it came out, I noticed that the backtack stitching at the kangaroo pockets hadn’t maintained their backtackedness after going through the laundry ringer.  Not sure why.  Everyone else didn’t have that problem.  Just how many times are you supposed to go back and forth at the end of a line of stitching before it “takes”?



When I tried it on again, I just hated it.  It didn’t shrink at all, mind you.  The fit was exactly the same as when I wore it freshly made.  I just didn’t like the look on me.  And the pocket bags showed through the fabric as I walked, which annoyed me.

And now I’m mourning the loss of my Kelly green fabric.  I don’t have enough remaining to make another skirt and can’t really cannibalize this one to make another because of the kangaroo pockets.  I’m not really sure why this skirt isn’t working for me because it has worked for so many others.  Oh well, I know when to fold my cards.

Anyone want a Kelly green skirt?  It has really great topstitching.

16 Responses leave one →
  1. March 27, 2013

    I generally lurk as I’m a casual sewer, but I’ve had this sort of thing and wondered why myself. Mine was a skirt also and I loved it, nothing gave out or didn’t hold. Made it again in a different fabric with different thread and the darn thing had no washability. Not sure that’s a word, but it is descriptive. How many tack stitches are needed? Did I do less, was it the thread, or the fabric or the way the wind was blowing?
    BTW, the skirt looked quite good on you, though I see your point about the pockets though. I’d say donate it. Someone will find it a treasure I’m sure.

  2. Kristen permalink
    March 27, 2013

    I think it looks cute on you! Have you thought about hand stitching the pockets closed? Maybe that is all you need….

    • March 27, 2013

      Oh, Kristen has a great idea! Why don’t you remove the pockets and close it off so it looks like a skirt bottom and yoke? In theory it would remove the bulk that you don’t like, right? I do think that it looks adorable on you, if you can save it why not.

      And I have made the skirt pattern. I didn’t backtrack my stitching in the pocket area, instead I used my lock stitch. I have four versions of it in my closet and they get worn a lot, I did lengthen my version past my knee. I’m way past my short skirt wearing age (insert knee braces here). But if you’re not comfortable in it, it is not worth keeping it as is.

      I hope you can save it, the colour suits you.

  3. March 27, 2013

    I was just going to make the same suggestion that Kristen did – try stitching the pockets shut? It is such a great color on you and if you love the fabric maybe try to make it work?

  4. March 27, 2013

    I’m sorry the skirt pattern didn’t work for you because I know how much loved the fabric. Did you see if Apple Annie had anymore?

  5. Alex in California permalink
    March 27, 2013

    Never give up – never surrender.

  6. March 27, 2013

    Bummer! Especially because it is such a great color. Maybe it can be saved by stitching the pockets closed, as others suggest. Could the un-stitching be because there is not quite enough ease at that point when you sit or walk (ie: there is extra stress there). It looks fine standing.

  7. March 27, 2013

    Great color on you and like how you paired it with the stripe top. I believe the issue is with the pockets. I have a love-hate relationship with pockets on skirts and pants pockets. Being a vertical rectangle I initially thought having pockets on my skirts or pants would fill out my non-existence hip area…. umm totally wrong. The pockets were annoying, especially when they are constantly bowing out and to make it worse, wearing a top over the garment.

  8. March 27, 2013

    What a shame! The colour is gorgeous and I think the fit is good too. In the picture, you tummy doesn’t look big or pouchy or anything like that.
    Of course, I understand that sometimes things just don’t feel right. Better luck next time!

  9. March 27, 2013

    I think pretty much the same except I think just cut the pockets off and keep it just like a yoke skirt. It looks great on you . I have to just hem one of these skirts that I half made last year in thick wale corduroy – still too hot here but I’ll be interested when I wear it as i think maybe the pockets will go too.

  10. March 27, 2013

    How about cut the bottom off and use it as a green band on another skirt…colour blocking is still on trend.

  11. March 27, 2013

    Bummer! Just set yourself a goal to find more Kelly green fabric and make something else….now there’s a challenge for the garment district!
    Sorry this skirt didn’t work for you.

  12. March 27, 2013

    Hi Elizabeth, just a thought but you could also serge or cut the pockets off so it becomes a standard seam allowance, then topstitch to close the pocket openings as suggested by Kristen. The colour and style look great on you so it would be worth a try and this would eliminate the pocket bags showing through as well.

  13. Sufiya permalink
    March 27, 2013

    I would say: LOSE THE POCKETS. Are you REALLY going to be putting stuff in the pockets of what appears to be a fairly FITTED skirt? I hardly think so; just about anything short of a credit card will press out against the fabric and make unattractive bumps and lumps, …so try divesting the skirt of its pockets (sew them shut and take out those pocket bags) and see what you think of it then. I really don’t know what some designers are thinking when they stick pockets on certain garments such as this one; a piece of clothing has to be able to utilize them properly and in a flattering manner! (Sorry, don’t mean to sound hostile, but bad pocket placement is a little pet peeve of mine )

  14. March 28, 2013

    Don’t know how you can rescue the skirt. But about the stitching pulling out at the pocket openings. A bar tack along the topstitching would prevent that – happens under the strain of putting hands in the pockets. You’re right, it IS nice topstitching!

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