Here you can see the superfantastic green fabric I bought while shopping with my sister in LA. It's a witty, whimsical, stunning botanical border print, with --- gasp!!! --- purple selvedge edge including --- gasp!! --- a few Asian characters and other text and sweet, soft, short fringe! I couldn't resist. Even for $16 a yard which is way more than I like to spend on fabric.
You can also see the book I bought about drafting skirt patterns easy peasy, the zipper I had to buy after the first disaster, and the black and white fabric I got at Ikea for $2.99 a yard for future skirt making endeavors.
So, the disaster? First I decided to make a drawstring skirt, because I generally like the look of a simple drawstring, and because I found some ribbon that is a perfect coordinate, and because I hate to do zippers. Yeah. Not so much. This fabric is way too heavy for a drawstring. I put it all together and cinched it up and it was poochy and ugly all over. Yuck. No one likes poochy. I totally should have known this fabric was not appropriate for a draw string, but I just wasn't thinking clearly. And I am so not a garment maker.
No worries. The next day, I ripped it all apart -- just two pieces, the front and the back. And they were plenty large to accommodate a new hand drawn pattern for a fitted skirt with a zipper and I had extra fabric for the facing. The instructions in the book for the zipper were quite good -- it's not like it's that hard, but I still find the zipper daunting. I did have to resize the seams a bit after it was constructed, but that was fine also. Plus... now I have a skirt that fits that I can copy the next time.
Hmmm. The photographer cut off her brother's face. Sometimes she wishes she could do this in more than just a picture.
Here's a bit of a close up so you might be able to see the superfantastic selvedge hem. Superfantastistic both because it looks cool and because it meant I did not have to sew a hem. Yeah!I've got a little less than a yard left. Tote bag?