Can somebody explain to me how it's already the middle of the month? May 15th- Half way through MMMay13 AND it's reveal day for Le Challenge!
The theme for Le Challenge this month was wings. (I explained how I landed on my project in the guest post I contributed.)
To sew my skirt, I used Deer&Doe's latest skirt pattern, Chardon. It's a high waisted skirt with inverted box-pleats and pockets. YAY, pockets!
For an element of fun and interest, I added some vintage trim to the hem. It was my first time applying trim to fabric, and I didn't have a good understanding how to attach it. Ultimately, I sewed inside the perimeter of the bottom edge and sewed a straight line of stitching across the top. It's secure and tidy, but I would love to hear your suggestions for future projects. In the end, it looks lovely with the vintage fabric, a nice pairing. If I had to guess, I would estimate they are similar in age. Possibly the late 60's/early 70's.
Since my fabric was semi-sheer, I lined the skirt. Both my hems have the raw edges turned under and are machine stitched.
The print on the fabric has groups of butterflies in alternating directions, which I didn't think would make a difference in pattern placement, however, looking at the skirt in its finished form, I worry that most of the right-side-up butterflies got lost in the pleated portions, making the print look upside-down. I'm sure I notice it more than others, but I wanted to clarify, just in case you were wondering (wink).
My skirt closes with a lapped zip at the back.
I'm not decided on this style skirt. To start, I fell between sizes on the pattern size-chart, so I went down. I think, for this style skirt, that was a mistake. There's plenty of room in the hip, but the waist is snug. Second, I can't tell whether this skirt overly emphasizes how short-waisted and FBG I am. I'm going to give it a try with a better proportioned top the next time I wear it.
As a final note and request, I'd like to direct you to the Colette Blog, where nominees in the Laurel contest for the readers' choice category have been posted... I would be ever so grateful if you could take a minute to browse the pool and cast a vote! Thanks!!