Okay, so I've never made a clothing item before. I was digging through my very meager stash and found a random piece of black, white, and silver 2-way stretch fabric about 9-10 inches wide and 60 inches long and a huge piece of light blue jersey. I am flying to Colorado for a wedding later this week and I wanted a comfortable, yet presentable skirt for traveling.
I ordered Sew What! (along with Sew U) a week ago, but Amazon still hasn't shipped it!!!
However, I wanted it NOW!
I turned the striped fabric into the waist band and the jersey into a circle skirt. Here is the outcome:
I like it and I will definitely wear it for the trip. However, there are definitely some problems and I was hoping I could get some suggestions.Problem #1
I understood how to cut out a circle skirt. I measured the waist band and got 47 inches. I did some rusty geometery and came up with a radius of approx. 7.5 inches. So, I folded my fabric panel in quarters, measured 7.5 inches down from the corner on each edge and a couple of places in between and then cut out the quarter circle. Cutting the bottom edge was not a problem.
However, when I opened it up, it ended up being almost 11.5 inches too big around the center hole. What did I do wrong?
This also leads me to:Problem #2
I attached the back of the waistband to the fabric and cut off the extra width. This was actually a good thing, because when I folded the fabric over I was able to sew a straight line instead of a tube, but I digress. When I sewed up the seam, it doesn't lay nicely. I thought maybe I didn't sew it straight (even though I CAN sew a straight line), but I double checked and it is
Here is the skirt with the seam at the back, which is how I intended to wear it:
Here is the skirt with the seam at the side, which is how it looks a little better, but I don't want to wear it that way:
I would like to make more of these, because it is super comfy, yet nice enough to wear to work (I'm a teacher). However, I would like to know how to fix these problems before I buy more fabric and start cutting.
Phew! If you made it this far, I thank you. If you answer any of my questions, I offer you my first born child.