I’m not a girly person but I’ve always loved skirts and making one for myself has one been on my sewing wish list / todo list for ages. Debra (Stitching Rules) held a sew-along to make a panel skirt so I decided now was the time to finally give it ago. I have heaps of skirt patterns but Debra provided one so I thought as this was my first time skirt making it would be a good pattern to start with as I could ask her questions I had along the way if needed.
Constructing the skirt was pretty easy. As suggested in the tutorial I overlocked all the pieces before doing the seams. On the seams I used a trip stitch for a bit more strength. I did struggle with inserting the elastic a tiny bit. I tried stitching over the elastic to enclose the waste band but I wasn’t happy with it so I unpicked it and stitched the casing first then threaded through the elastic. It worked better this way but elastic and I are not friends. To stop the elastic from rolling I did do a line of stretch stitching across the casing on the sides.
Normally I’m a lazy crafter and cut corners but not on this project. I tested the tension on my overlocker on a scrap piece of fabric. I checked the colours on my overlocker (pink and purple) wouldn’t show through once I finished the skirt. Before doing the seams I tested the triple stitch. These are big steps for me. I used a stretch cotton drill fabric that wasn’t from my stash however I did buy it in a recent Lincraft 50% off fabric sale. I knew the sew-along was coming up and saw the fabric and thought skirt. It was only when I was stitching it I noticed the tiny ♥‘s
I must admit once I took my measurements I was really shocked by pattern size I had to go to. My waste to hip ratio was not the same as any size guide. Rachael (Sew Today Clean Tomorrow) made a really good point about pattern sizing on her blog. Perhaps next time I might make the elastic a bit smaller in the waste, but I have no fear of it falling down as I walk.
After this sew-along I’m encouraged to make more of my own clothing.