I hope you all had a lovely weekend! Here, Easter weekend signals the end of summer. Apparently.
I’ve been down the coast for a few days, enjoying the water and a break from The ‘Bane, not to mention catching up with some old friends. Before I left, I made myself a denim Hummingbird. She’s a disaster.
It’s the denim. I’ve had bad luck buying denim lately, and this is the worst yet. After we took Hummingbird Pink photos the other day, I ducked into Lindcraft in the city (beware!) to pick up a tiny bit of denim for this skirt. The Hummingbird Orange in my size uses very little fabric, around .75m. I hastily ran my hands through all their denim bolts and chose one I thought felt substantial.
Nope. That fabric had to have been “finished” with every filler known to the textile industry. Once I washed it the grain sagged, the denim pilled and it frayed worse than velveteen. (And let me tell you, velveteen frays like mad.) I really really wanted to knock together a denim Hummingbird, so with limited time I cut and stitched this fabric.
I used snaps on the shallow back pockets, and inserted an exposed metal zipper. The seams are faux-flat fell, with double rows of jeans top-stitching at the front seams, hem, and pocket openings. You can see here the disappointing quality of the fabric at the back seam. I wore this skirt for an evening hanging out with buddies, and then for fishing and you can clearly see the dye has been rubbed off at the back seam. From sitting.
At least she fits well! To be honest, I’m not too upset that this skirt is already basically worn out and relegated to fishing wear. I’ll strip out the pocket linings and the zipper and let her go without too much remorse. I haven’t worked with denim and jeans rivets and hammers and metal hardware for a while, and it was nice to get my hand back in even if the resulting skirt isn’t fit to be worn.
So now I have a new research project! I want to try to put together a list of “tests” for denim to determine if it’s good or bad. Most of the time, I can pick it by touch and smell (and price is a good indicator of quality) but this time the crappy denim got the best of me. Never again! This also means I can sit back, think long and hard about the particular jeans detailing I want, and then make a fantabulous visual reference for us! (Because I must, I must have a nice basic little denim skirt from Hummingbird.) I may try to source some indigo dyed hemp for a cast-iron “denim” skirt…
So lay your denim-purchasing tips on me, or tell me your own story of denim-buying woe. I’d love to hear about your experiences buying denim. Do you like rivets and snaps and sewing with hammers? Do you have your own sewing hammer?
The Hummingbird Peplum Top & Skirt pattern is on pre-sale now through April 7. $14.50 presale, $22 RRP.