Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, it just doesn’t work out.
After finishing my first Grainline Moss Skirt, I decided that I could do with another that was more of a work appropriate length. I had four modifications in mind:
- I would make View B, with the hem band, to increase the length
- To improve fit, I would grade up at the hip a little (the first one is a little snug around there)
- To work on my goal of trying different finishing techniques, I would increase the seam allowances (from 1/2 to 5/8 inch) so that I could try flat felled seams
- I would add belt loops, just because I’ve never sewn them before
Grading up a fraction at the hip wasn’t as easy as I had hoped, mainly because of the way the pockets are constructed; for some reason I found it much more difficult than it should have been. Somewhere amongst the grading and increasing the seam allowance, I managed to increase at the waist by about 1cm, which wasn’t part of the plan. Of course, I thought I had checked and checked again on the flat pattern, and didn’t realise my mistake until after the zip was inserted or, in other words, until it was too late.
A loose waistband shouldn’t be anything that a belt can’t fix and I would have tried this nifty belt wearing strategy if it weren’t for the fact that I forgot to actually attach the belt loops when sewing on the waistband. Yes, I could have ripped out the waistband and sewn the belt loops on, but by this point I was already getting that sinking feeling about this project so I decided not to.
On the upside, I’m very pleased with the finish and think it looks great on the inside.
The flat felled seams were straightforward, and give a very nice finish inside and out.
I could probably look past the ill-fitting waist on this skirt if it weren’t for the fact that ultimately, the main problem comes down to fabric choice. The pattern calls for medium to heavy weight fabric, but this one is simply too heavy. When I was at the fabric shop I did think it might be too stiff, but convinced myself that it would soften with washing and wear. Granted, it might soften with wear, but I’m afraid I’m not going to wear it enough to find out because it feels downright awkward. I did give it a chance and wore it to work one day, but I spent the whole day trying to pull it down (because it’s too loose at the waistband, it has to be pulled low on my hips to fit) and feeling generally uncomfortable. I didn’t bother with photos of me wearing it, because I can actually make it look quite good for a photo, and there’s not really any way of conveying how this feels to wear so you’ll just have to take my word for it.
So I think I’ll just hang it, inside out, in my wardrobe so that I can admire the finish!