After a few months not blogging, I have now finally settled in a bit into my new life in Bristol. Although have been sewing, I just haven't had the mindset to get blogging again, but now I'm energised and ready to go!
I have managed to make two skirts since moving to Bristol.
I had planned back in February to make a few skirts of different styles (a-line, gathered, pleated) to see which suited me best. However I have realised by doing some "research" in a few shops (basically just trying a lot of things on in changing rooms) that gathered skirts and my posterior are not friends, so should never go together! Instead I'm having a go at a few pleated skirts. Firstly a Simplicity Cynthia Rowley pattern 2215.
I made it from a nice cotton drill so it's more of an autumn-winter skirt, but can work for summer. I've never used a Simplicity pattern before, and despite checking my sizing on the envelope and measuring the waistband pattern piece before cutting out, it came out way too big, so I had to take the waist in by at least an inch. I love the a-symmetrical pleats on this, which is handy if you aren't the neatest sewer in the world (I'm not).
I also added some secret fabric to the pockets, it's some cute animal print that I used for friend's baby blanket way back when I first started this blog.
Although I like this skirt, it is still quite big and flouncy, and doesn't exactly slim down my lower half, so I am not certain that I would make it again.
So next up was a Simplicity Project Runway skirt 2698, which I think is now out of print. I made View J with yoke B.
This skirt is more a wearable muslin than an actual finished piece, and I haven't hemmed it yet. Mainly because I'm not sure the back pleats work.
I went down a size with Simplicity this time, and that seemed to work a lot better. However I am definitely not sure about the back pleats. I want to make this skirt again from some olive cotton sateen I have, as I love the look of the front pleats, but I'm not sure what to do about the back. Can I get the pleats to lie flatter, if so how? Should I move them closer to the centre back? Could I eliminate them somehow by adjusting the pattern (slash and spread or something??).
What do you think?
My next make is going to be a chambray Kelly skirt, by Megan Nielsen. I have been lusting after a button-down skirt for a while, and now after several versions of this have been popping up in Blogland I want one even more. But again the back pleats are causing me concern.