Hello again! As you may or may not remember, I found this pattern a while ago devoid of instructions, and wonderful We Sew Retro community member Twisted Poppy came to my rescue with the pattern for a very similar skirt. So, I forged ahead.
I was using a lime green wool remnant I’d picked up for free somewhere. I believe I have several skiens of matching yarn lying around at home (yes, really) that I suppose was intended to make an outer shell or a matching sweater. Anyway, laying out the skirt took all the fabric I had. It was good that I wanted to shorten it a little , as I was having some trouble getting everything to fit without doing so! I was using the novelty-print 50s skirt in the back as my length reference. I made up a good bit of the construction, attempting to follow the order given on the pattern pieces. I also improvised my interfacings–I ended up using interfacing for the waistband, button tab, and pocket welt. I tried a few different buttons on the decorative tab, but ended up going for a fabric covered one to match the skirt fabric.
Totally cute, right? (the white balance is a bit off, it’s really a little yellower than this) I even managed to successfully create a kick pleat:
And I used some old hem tape I got from my grandma’s sewing room for the bottom hem, another first for me.
Still have to get the hang of finishing edges cleanly. But I LOVE the little pop of black contrast! But, as I am sure you have noticed, there is a problem with this skirt. The pattern envelope says “Waist 24″… and this girl here, she does not have a 24″ waist.
That’s about as far as it will go! And unfortunately, the vintage zip I’m using isn’t quite the right color. So, what to do? I’m currently in the process of losing some weight, so maybe it’ll fit properly by springtime. On the other hand, I could also try to find a fabric I liked that went well enough, unpick the side seams, take off the waistband, and insert two slim fabric panels on the sides. Or I suppose I could give it to a tiny woman who likes lime green. I’m leaning towards option 1, keep working on the weight loss and hope to shrink into it! In the meantime, I might grade the pattern up just a smidge and make myself another one.
Edited to add: I am working on losing weight, for myself, because I want to be healthier and would really like to have less fat on my lower belly, rear, and thighs. It is an ongoing project, I’m not just starting it because this skirt is too small. It is also not up for debate. I understand the desire to make supportive comments, but in this case, “don’t lose weight!” is not a supportive comment. Thank you for understanding.