Tonight, my dear friend and sister wench Crissy came over with 3 yards* of grey fabric, a 7″ zipper, some thread and a pattern. Which pattern, you ask? This one:
Crissy wanted a grey version of the red pleated skirt in the picture**, so we got to it. After*** we laid out and cut out two pieces, I asked Crissy to measure her waist, as the waistband just didn’t look long enough. Sure enough, it wasn’t, which meant a little recalculation of the depth of the pleats and a sew-on extension to the waistband.
After that, Crissy and I cut the rest of it out, then marked the pleats and circles. I did the sewing and Crissy did the ever-important pressing, right up till hem time. Then I put Crissy up on a footstool, wearing the skirt, and pinned the length all around. If I’d sewn it the same length all the way around, the back would have been too short. That’s ’cause Crissy has a nicely rounded bottom (i.e., “junk in the trunk”) that won’t let a skirt hang straight down. (Lucky girl! Some of us have that traditional white-chick problem: NoAssAtAll.)
With the length pinned, I sent her home, as it was what-the-frak-thirty in the a.m. and she has to work at 8:30. Then I pressed the fabric up, cut off the excess length (minus 1.5 inches or so as a hem allowance), folded the hem allowance up (in half, then folded up again, of course, so the raw edge was encased in the hem), sewed it in place easy-peasy.
The only handsewn part? The sliding clasp (a serious hook-and-eye, basically), which should and would have taken only a few minutes. I, however, ever talented and insightful, sewed the hook part backward and had to take it off and resew it. Thank goodness for my handy-dandy seam ripper! (sigh.)
The result? Adorable, if unphotographed.
And now, with about three hours till my bedtime, I’ll try to get some knitting in. The current project is a Twisted Pumpkin baby hat, from Charmed Knits**** by Alison Hansel. I’m making it out of the same Bernat Jacquard Floral yarn that I used to knit the Eyelet Yoke Cardi and the baby booties. So cute!
* Three yards was more than a yard too much, which means Crissy will have a big chunk for another small project. This is definitely a case of “better too much than too little.”
** She’s planning to wear it as part of a tarted-up schoolgirl costume to a
Sluts of Naughty Hogwarts party, with a midriff-baring button-down shirt and a striped tie. I think she’ll be sporting the Ravenclaw colors. (Go, Ravenclaw!) I can’t wait to see a photo of the finished costume. And yes, I’ll share it with you.
*** Definitely must remember to do the measuring thing before I start cutting next time. Doing it after could lead to disaster.
**** Holy crap, is this book expensive now! I got mine when the book came out and it was reasonably priced. Now it appears to be out of print, so the ones on amazon.com start at almost $20 and go up quickly from there. I’d suggest looking at your LYS or bookstore (perhaps a used-book store?) or even eBay, because we shouldn’t encourage price gouging, you know? (Of course you do.)