I may have mentioned in this space before that I am enrolled in the Fall Wardrobe e-class taught by Deborah of Whipstitch. One of our class projects is the Proper Attire skirt by Anna Maria Horner. We're making the version on the right.
|Photo from store.annamariahorner.com|
So as you can see, I was excited about this skirt and really wanted to love it. But I don't.
First off, I'm not crazy about the way the black piping looks. I think this type of look works in general. How awesome is this dress? But not for me, not for this skirt. Also, the skirt feels like it weighs 10 pounds! Perhaps I purchased upholstery grade corduroy instead of the kind for clothing? I really think it's more that with the knife pleats in the front it's just a lot of fabric, but in any case, I didn't think it would be comfortable to wear. And finally, the lining that I made was a complete hot mess. This is not a term I often use in real life, but it's really fitting in this case. The slippery nature of the rayon made it hard for me to cut, and hard to sew (you might notice the yoke pieces are curved which added a delightful "challenge"). I ended up just tossing it part way through.
Although I will never wear this skirt, I did learn some important things making it. I was able to adjust the back darts on the muslin to better fit my backside than the original pattern would have, and when I didn't quite take enough out of the hip area on the muslin, I was able to successfully make the modifications on the skirt itself. Also, I successfully sewed with piping which I've never done before. I think piping is a great addition to projects like bags, just probably not a skirt...
And don't feel too badly for me, I got to drown my garment making (or lack thereof) sorrows in some totally scrappy, no-rules bee blocks for Kim in the Empower Circle of do. Good Stitches! These were so therapeutic after the tediousness of the skirt. Thanks for picking such a great block, Kim!
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