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.
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. :)
I have had a difficult 2 months at work, so during this month's photo shoot with Andrea Jones, I pulled out some pre-blog makes. I found myself falling in love all over again with Colette Patterns' Sencha and Beignet.
The Colette Sewing Handbook helped me take up garment sewing again. Sarai's description of simple pattern alterations was a revelation for me. Now, many books and classes later, I still refer to The Colette Sewing Handbook and feel thankful to Sarai for bringing home sewing to the hipster world (because I'm such a cool hipster! Hah!).
I also love Colette Patterns' detailed and clear instructions. They made me feel like a pro when I was just re-entering the sewing world. You can't see it, but the Beignet skirt has the most pro-looking lining, and Sarai walks the sewer through easy steps to make it.
AND....One more wonderful thing about Colette patterns -- they are drafted almost exactly to my shape. Despite Sarai's wonderful alteration teachings, I don't have to alter her patterns at all.