Okay. Let’s look at this one last time, shall we?
After several years of working (mostly not working) on this, I still think it’s a good pattern.
Just not in the fabric I chose. And there’s a huge learning curve in that “NOT.”
As I got into the pattern, which has some weird pieces that prove interesting for fit, I discovered that precise seam widths were vital. (ugh!) A fraction off in some places and it’s seam ripper time.
But even more important was the concept of those side pieces. Definitely bias effect going on, which should affect what fabric gets used, and its pattern.
Blithely ignorant, I lost a lot of the skirt’s character, as all the interesting top stitched detail became invisible on this patterned fabric.
Although I thought the weight of the cotton would be good (it’s okay), it turned out the ravelling has been horrendous. Something I didn’t discover until I’d washed it a few times, which I did over the past 2 years.
But lest we get discouraged, there have been positives: Learning about petersham ribbon from Hila’s post and actually using it for a waistband has been a huge plus. (Suspect it will influence most future skirts.)
The other huge plus has been realising, then acknowledging my mistake in using fabric I do not like. (An early on-line purchase so I didn’t touch it beforehand.)
HUGE lesson learnt: Don’t even think about using up fabrics you don’t want to touch… even for a toile.
Below are assorted photos from the recent finishing. However, if you’re looking for sassy photos of me wearing this . . . 😱 Shock! Horror!
Do you ever see sassy piccies of me?? Lol! Will admit to laundering it again, giving it a good press, and trying it on. It fits loosely, as I made a straight 16 I think, and am not about to alter it.
The petersham waist works really well for me (hate waistbands) as it sits at the waist (or would if I fitted it properly) and doesn’t annoy. Because of the weird side pieces there’s a good fit at the hip, particularly when seated.
Would I make it again? “Never say never.” Maybe. . . . but with better fabric.