Our weather has gone from winter to spring/summer almost overnight and
there wasn't too many more days corduroy can be worn here in South
Carolina, so it was a scramble to get this skirt done to wear to church
today. It's paired with a rtw jacket and top here.
This Rachel Comey Vogue 1247 cream corduroy skirt has been a lesson in
perseverance. It's not the pattern's fault.... it's actually a pretty straight forward fairly easy skirt to make.... it was all in my fabric and fitting my body that was the challenge.
The iconic pockets are such fun!
The back. This little rtw jacket works perfectly with this skirt on a couple of different levels. One, the rust color against the cream corduroy is a nice contrast.... but also this little skirt has horizontal seams across the entire backside, and since my um, er, 'backside' is already a little um, er, prominent.... wasn't sure the seams were what my figure needs.... ya' know.... don't want to bring any more attention to an already troublesome spot :), so the jacket covers it nicely. Also my zipper wasn't the best zipper application..... so it's nice to know that's kinda' covered too.
This skirt was part of my February Make a Garment a Month Challenge plans
, and in spite of the fabric's slight flaw(s) in a couple of places and the fact I completely forgot to take the nap of the corduroy into consideration when cutting out..... decided both those were something only I would probably notice and plan on wearing this skirt with no problem. Love this pattern! Already made the cute top here
Construction details: Took a little bit more time, but I made a master pattern out of interfacing for this skirt and REALLY like using that so much more than the paper patterns. My pattern only went to a size 12 and my current measurements put me larger than a 12, so I added 1/2" to side seams of the 12 and added 4" to length. Sewed/serged with a mere 1/4" seams. 5/8" center back seam and took in a little more at the darts..... particularly the back darts.... and 1/4" on both sides. I will probably cut the size 12 next time as this one is a little too loose around the waist. Construction photos show the deleted waistband.
This skirt has a nice curve to its yoke.... what my figure needs. The
waistband does not. It is perfectly straight. I worked many hours on
that waistband and it never looked right, so off it came and facings
were made. Because of this change, my skirt sits a little lower than at my natural waist.
Below you can see the facings along with the iconic pockets. Even though I lengthened the pattern 4", the hem still needed to be negligible. I'm 5'7". Made my own bias out of 100% white cotton and hemmed with as little of a turn up as possible. All seams were serged.
Back shot. See the seam line there? Next time I will delete it and make the back a simple panel. Someday I hope to learn how to put in an invisible zipper without using an invisible zipper foot.... because I do not have an invisible zipper foot and they are crazy expensive for my machine. Meanwhile, am content with a regular zipper application. There's also a little hook and eye at the top. I have this phobia that without a hook and eye, my zipper will unzip. Never had that problem... just one of those things I worry about.
By the time I finished this little skirt last night, I wasn't sure if I'd ever make it again. Now I'm ready to make another! It is such a fun little skirt to wear!
Now to finish that NEWLOOK 6735 top that's been started and a March garment to think about. I'm thinking of another NEWLOOK 6246 3/4 length sleeve knit top.
Happy Sewing Everyone!