I finished this several weeks ago, it was one of many neglected projects which required little more than a zipper and a hem. This was my SSS photo for today; I’m not sure if the top and the skirt go together- this is me trying to break out of my Black and White Habit.
I saw this skirt in Harriet Pepin’s book and fell head over heels- love at first sight. I find myself drawn to designs with strong architectural lines, it pleases me to bend the lines around my curves. I decided this skirt should be straight (or even pegged) rather than a-line, and thought two godets inserted into the back seams would allow for freedom of movement. I used the skirt block I drafted last February as the base.
That was way back when the Demilitarized Jacket was on the work table. I thought to make a suit. After these pictures, I decided I liked each piece separately, never together. Head to toe blue corduroy? Doubtful at best.
Then I lost track of what I should do with it. Line it? With what? Face it? How? How do I insert a zipper into what amounts to a deep side waist dart? At sea, I put it aside.
I kept her out in plain sight so she could stare me down with silent accusation until I finished her. I find that technique works well for forcing me to face my projects ortoss them.
Eventually, I sucked it up and stuck the zipper into the dart. It wasn’t hard. It was so not hard I don’t know how to tell you about it. I left a little space at the bottom of the dart for my seam and stitched it in. I faced it with the same candy-stripe I used for my jacket lining, and inserted thick black piping in the seam to keep the facing from rolling to the outside.
Back godets. They work really well for movement, and I rather like them.
I can see in the photo I have a little tum, but I’m actively choosing to think of it as sexy and not obsess. I like this skirt. Can you see how I cut the side panels on the crosswise grain, so as to have competing textures at the seamline?