I was eagerly waiting to blog about my new skirt . But could not do it as I did not find time to click pictures of it.A little note on Fabric Preparation :
The fabric I used is plain cotton. And I wanted to make some exciting prints on it using fabric paints. (See tutorial how to fabric painting on clothes , If you never dun it)! I always loved chevron prints and wanted one skirt so that's where I stopped my thought process of what to paint. I used the template available here for free download.I was led to this site form here.I was little confused on whether I should create a Green-White combi or Green-Black. So I just had no other go but to visualize how my skirt pattern would look. I used the tutorial I used before check it out here.
Finally this is what they looked like. And I chose Green-White.. You feel Green-Black would have been better? :| ..
A little note on Drafting :
Now that the print was finalized I finished painting it. And I wanted to just baste the side seams of the skirt before I got sewing. Glad I did that!! As the waist was way too big. The book suggests to add 1 inch ease t the waist line. OK now the waist is near by the navel level for most skirts. And we feel comfortable if we wear skirts which sit snug at the waist isn't it. So 1" ease is way too big. Instead I took in 1 inch from my waist. So waist-1 inch was the measurement I used on the quarter pattern piece.
I chose a sweep measurement to be Hip + 4". Mathematically speaking if your Hip-Waist is less that 1 inch then the sweep measuremnt should be at least 1 inch greater than Hip +(Hip - wasit) to get the aline shape. Or else we loose it when we are making the right angle at the skirt top corner.
A little note on sewing :
I finished the waist with a bias binding.I used this bias binding tutorial for making the bias strips. Check it out here. This tutorial works best for me. I did not use a fat quarter but used a square of size 10" * 14". The hemline I finished it with Wide Zig zag stitches.
The Front and the back of the skirt.
A Side zipper onto the left side. I used the centred zipper technique from here.
I also made an in seam pocket to the right side of the skirt. I have made patch pockets for my shorts , so wanted to try some thing different. There is as free tutorial on how to draft in seam pocket here.
I can say I have a perfect fit skirt now.
So my sewing friends did you like my skirt. Did it motivate you to be a part of the Draft A Long to draft a skirt for women(winks)!!
Update: Tutorial on how I made this fabric painting on the skirt click here.To rad all the posts on skirts that I have made click here. Also I shall update all the projects that I make from this book here.