I wanted a new skirt. And this is what resulted:
I love it, so very very very hard. The pattern was drafted by me - the whole thing resulted from what I did and didn't have to hand at home.
I started with the instructions for an A-line skirt from the 'Sew What Skirts' book. The amount of fabric I had dictated that it was going to be a short skirt.
My desire to hide my chubby belly dictated the waist finishing - a simple facing, because on a short skirt I didn't want a waistband sitting over my podge, nor did I want a drawstring. I even pinched out some darts in the back for a more fitted finish.
I was going great guns, until I realised that I didn't have any zips. The only fasteners I had.... were buttons.
So buttons it was. 8 of them up the side seam. I had to change a whole heap of stuff on the fly - adding an extra piece of fabric to sew the buttons onto, folding back another facing on the side seam so that the button holes would have something sturdy to be sewn on. Somehow, I managed to eke everything I needed out of the teeny bits of fabric that were left!!
And check this!
I've been trying to develop more.... couture? techniques in the clothing I make for myself. I don't like zigzagging raw edges, so I tend to use a lot of French seams in what I do. I'm starting to hand roll my hems as well, and use an invisible hemstitch to secure them. AND - my machine makes cruddy buttonholes. I'm really bad at them. And during my pondering, I realised that sewn buttonholes would not be good at the side of a skirt - they'd be stretched out of shape in no time. A bit of googling around looking at different ways of hand-sewing buttonholes, and I came upon bound button holes. They're complicated, but I love them!!
This is the best one I did - though it's not perfect.
I will NOT show the back of the buttonholes, because they are a DAMN mess, and I don't know how to hide the mess of them away yet. I'll learn eventually though.... and in the meantime, the effect (and the strength) of the bound buttonholes on the skirt far outweigh the unprofessionalness of the inside.
So - what do you think? Any advice, compliments, concrit?? Do you see my muscly derby thighs peeking out there?? Ever done a bound buttonhole, and know how to hide all the mess of the back?