Tuesday, January 25, 2011

I interrupt trouser sewing for a UFO

Last weekend my real life sewing buddies came around and assisted with the trouser fitting and tomorrow being a public holiday for us in Australia (Australia Day) I plan on transferring all the adjustments I have made to the muslin to the paper pattern and making up a new muslin which I will share with you soon.

In the meantime, I have completed a UFO that has been sitting in a drawer for the last 2 summers, a cute summer skirt.



This fabric was given to me by DS and it was a border piece across the width of the fabric.

To make the skirt:
  • I pinned the fabric on Isabel (my fitting double) to get the hip size
  • Cut the fabric with a 1.5cm seam allowance to create a centre back seam where I put in an invisible zip (one of the back seams is the selvedge edge).
  • I then put it back on Isabel and pinned out side darts to make the side seams which are 27cm or 11 inches long


  • Once I had sewn these in place I then added front and back waist darts so the waist would be snug.

This where it became a UFO, this was the first time that I had sewn with a stretch woven, so when I tried to do the waist treatment it simply frustrated me to the point that it got put aside.

At Christmas time when DS was visiting I decided it was time to get it back out and finish, as DS kindly reminded me that I have just about every colour in this skirt in a top to wear with it.

I had some poplin in my stash so I cut a facing and attached it the waistband with some twill tape to help it cup the waist, turned the facing over and stitched it all down.

I now have a new skirt to wear on the weekends.

9 comments:

velosewer said...

I'm so glad you finished this cute shirt. You have the shape to carry it off and the embroidery does suit all of your tops. Isabel was worth the effort. Love it.

Anonymous said...

Yahoo - you finished the skirt, I am so pleased and isn't it nice that you can now sew stretch woven. The skirt suits you, suits your wardrobe and shows off your drafting skills. Well done. Lee-Anne

Laura said...

Super-cute and summery. I've thought of trying to make a skirt without a pattern, so thanks for detailing the process.

MareeAlison said...

Sharon, your skirt is very pretty. I really like it.

Debra Martin said...

Oh Sharon, that is just darling! I love it. Can you tell I am SO ready for spring? LOL
:)Deb M.

Handmade said...

Yes - super cute with a big dollop of satisfaction for finishing the UFO!!

Carol said...

This, is sooo cute! What pretty fabric. When you get sick of it, please send it my way as I, too, have loads of top AND shoes in all of these colours. I have a UFO in my sewing room that I really must finish this week. All it needs is buttonholes and hemming ....

Gail said...

Such a great skirt for summer. Thanks for your great advice on the trouser muslin. I've finished them now and they fit really well.

gwensews said...

What a cute skirt! Love the border print. Nice work!