The Pencil Skirt of the Wonky Pockets

Yesterday, I mentioned that I had a plan to sew four pairs of shorts and four skirts with this colorful twill I bought. I started with the fuchsia twill using Colette’s Iris shorts pattern (which, I mentioned, turned into a saga, so I’ll deal with that later.)

Yeah–clearly someone wasn’t watching what she was doing. . .

I discovered that I just might have enough fabric left over to make a skirt. So, I picked a pattern from the stash (Simplicity 2564), carefully laid out the pieces so I could see if it would work, determined that it would but only if I laid the pieces just so, and began to cut. Of course, as is usually the case with me, I turned a bit idiotic and did it wrong.

But, I pressed on. I’m not super tall (or tall at all), so I figured the skirt might still be long enough for me to wear to work.

Construction went well in general. It was my first experience with putting in a vent. I was a bit shy about it, but it turned out to be quite easy. I hit a snag, however, with the lapped zipper.

The instructions say to press under 5/8″ on one side and 1/2″ on the other side. But, here’s my issue: how do you make that work when you’ve already sewn a standard 5/8″ seam? Obviously, the 1/2″ side is not going to lie quite flat. Now, I could have done a quick internet search, but I was Not in the Mood. So, I followed the instructions on the zipper package and inserted a centered zipper instead. It did not turn out horribly. It also did not turn out well.

But, here’s my major issue with this skirt: The pockets.

They look simple, don’t they? And really, they were. But look closely.

Am I for serious with that stitching? So. Ugly. And drunken.

So, clearly, I need to learn how to top stitch on a curve. You can kind of tell that I used a shorter stitch, and I promise I was going very, very slow. Also, I had major issues trying to press the curve under. How??? How do you do this right?? I kept getting little points that I couldn’t seem to press out. Again, I could have done a quick internet search, but. . . you know. . .

I think, if I would be not half dead enough to sit down at my machine, it would do me good to practice. You know–draw a curved line on some leftover fabric and see if I can follow it.

What really irritates me is how beautiful my very quick, very long basting stitch (which, yes, I know I should have used a different color) turned out. I mean–are you kidding me right now???

I also noticed, the last time I wore the skirt, that the waistband is doing this strange rippling thing. It’s cut on the bias, so maybe the facing is pulling it weird? Maybe I can give it a good pressing and fix the problem. I still need to work on my facings. They always go awry.

Here is the happy, happy thing about this skirt: it is super comfortable. I also really like the splashes of teal. I tried putting lace hem tape in, but it was very scratchy and, sadly, had to be removed.

So, like everything else I’ve made, it’s not quite perfect–but I’m getting there!

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