You know when you make something, and you love it so much that you can't stop wearing it? And then you think, "I really must wear something else, or people will think I'm gross"? Well, that's this skirt.
It's the Clemence skirt from Love At First Stitch. My fabric is some border print wax cotton that I bought on ebay last summer with the intention of making a gathered skirt. Then I never got around to it because I sort of fell out of love with the fabric. That was until a few weeks ago when I saw this skirt by Veronica Darling. It was the metal zip and the contrast hem that did it! I wanted to pinch Veronica's skirt straight away; and as we are the same height, it would most likely fit. But as she is in Shanghai, and I am in Belfast, I thought it would be easier to make my own! And there must be something in the air, because Lara from Dreaming Of Avonlea recently made this gorgeous pleated polka dot skirt with a metal zip too.
It was really easy to make - just three rectangles and a waistband, then a contrast hem. The waistband and hem are some black cotton poplin that was in my stash. The zip came from ebay, and I ended up buying three, because inspiration may strike me to make some more.
I used this tutorial to sew the zip, but ended up having to unpick it and move it over a bit, because I stupidly forgot to try the skirt on with the zip pinned in, and it was too big. Anyway, here's what the first go at the zip looked like.
And here's the second. I had to move it over by about 1/2", so the top of the zip ended up lower than the waistband. Naturally I had cut off the excess at the top of the zip, so I sewed on some black bias tape to finish it. The right side is better than the left, but I wasn't going to unpick it.
When I was finishing the skirt, I thought that a decorative stitch might look nice on the hem. I used a zag zag stitch (number 24 on my machine) as I thought it went well with the geometric shapes on the fabric.
I fully intend to wear this skirt all summer, and have already worn it to work and to sewing school. Yep, that's right; real, live, sewing school! I found a lady in Belfast who teaches pattern drafting (amongst other things), but I'll save all the details for another post. Suffice to say, I bored some Belfast sewing chums stupid about it when we met up last week!
Have a great week!