Monday, 22 September 2008
The local library sells old magazines, books, and sometimes patterns. Of a bunch of suit and coat patterns that I've lined up for trying out, this one seemed the easiest to start with. Easy being relative, of course - the patterns are in French and Dutch, and even then the instructions are as basic as they could be. Still, it was fun and I'm quite pleased with the result.
Cotton might not be the most sensible option for a skirt, particularly if you spend most of your working day sitting down. But it was quick - I only had to put the zip in twice (and now I know how to do an invisible zip, and how to machine stitch a hem!) I couldn't work out the size from the pattern, and it was much too big, so I took in the front panel by stitching the excess down to match the inserts. Which sort of worked!
The large advert for a seam ripper on the back of the pattern suggests that this kind of thing is a normal part of the process: