I was way too tired to attempt any sewing last night. Jack and I had a whirlwind of a weekend, starting off with a 5 mile bike ride followed by swimming at the community center on Saturday morning. In the afternoon we went to the park. Sunday found us at a birthday party and then we trekked off to the hinterlands of Brooklyn to visit my friend Nikki and her family. We had a lot of fun, but boy were we tired when we got home late on Sunday night. Needless to say, I didn’t want to risk tired sewing with my good fabric. Ergo the dress is still in the same state as you saw it yesterday: cut but not sewn. Let’s just disregard that little post I wrote about deadlines, shall we?
However, during Jack’s nap on Sunday, I did a little bit of sewing. Remember the 3 Hour “20 minute” Skirt?
Well, I just couldn’t wear it again in that state (lots of gathers at the waist and hips) after I read Cindy’s post about elastic gathered skirts. So, determined to wear it to Brooklyn that afternoon, I set about rectifying the situation. I pinned it on me, taking pinches out of each side seam about 2 inches in on both. Then I pinned it successively wider as I moved down the hips in 1/4 inch increments until it was only 1 inch, reaching about the mid thigh, and pinning at 1 inch the rest of the way down. Pinned, it looked slightly A line in shape. Then I took it to my serger and serged the new seams. The only bummer was that the elastic escaped one of the seams so I had to open up the channel and re-attach it at that side seam.
The resulting skirt is much more comfortable to wear and slimming. There’s still enough fabric for walking ease and a nice full look without all that fabric bunched at my waist. I wore it with my t shirt tucked in, a leather belt and turquoise jewelry. Apologies, but I don’t have a pic yet of the altered skirt.
I can’t believe I’ve already altered something I made recently. I am determined to make things that I will want to wear and that will be great additions to my meager wardrobe, so I am really happy with this alteration. Can’t wait to show you the picture.
In other sewing news, I have another sewing “class” tonight with Thea, but I don’t know what we’re going to work on. Ack! I don’t want to work on Simplicity 3678 again, because she’s already done that with me. But I haven’t prepared (i.e., traced out) any new patterns yet. I guess we could work on making my pant sloper into capris. I need to draft the waistband, figure out the closure and add some pockets. That should keep us busy for a while. 😉 Hmmm… I think that’s what we’ll do.