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  • Teacherly A-Line Skirt

    In order to get ready to teach an A-Line Skirt class, I made myself one in a school-marmy beige flannel -- perfect for teaching! I purchased the flannel in Portland almost two years ago -- ostensibly to make a skirt for my daughter. Once again, I 'accidentally' made something for myself out of fabric I bought for someone else. I love the simplicity of McCall's 3341 -- The faced waist is flattering for most of us, as is the a-line shape. I underlined the flannel with white cotton shirting to minimize wrinkling. For the hem, I experimented with cutting a thin bias strip of the flannel, and stretching it while stitching it to the bottom of the skirt. Because the skirt flares out a little at the lower edge, the instructions say to gently gather the skirt at the lower edge so the edge ends up being the same width as the skirt when the edge is folded up. I thought the stretched bias fabric would "gather" the hem a small enough amount to make the folded-up fabric fit perfectly. It worked pretty well, but if you look at the hem, it is a little pucker-y, even though I pressed it well before heading to the photo studio. I'll have my students use the gather method.

    The teacher has arrived. Time for class! Photo by Andrea Jones. The teacher has arrived. Time for class! Photo by Andrea Jones.

    In this outfit-experimentation pic, you can see the armseyes of the linen wrap top are too big.  In this outfit-experimentation pic, you can see the armseyes of the linen wrap top are too big. 

    This skirt will be great for serious work meetings. Blue, teal and red jackets will match. I'm teaching a fitting and sewing an a-line skirt class on July 12. I think I'll make myself another one this weekend, not because I want one, just because I care about my students and the quality of their learning experience. :)

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