Friday, July 26, 2013
Deer & Doe Chardon Skirt in Black Cotton Sateen
Here is an overexposed photo so you can actually see the skirt:
I seem to be choosing only quick makes recently as, along with the Anna Dress, this was crazy quick to make. I mean, seriously fast. It's two rectangles with pleats, and a facing. Oh, and ties or belt loops. And a zip. I made option B (the longer version) but with the ties from option A instead of the belt loops.
I made the size 40, which is for a 28.5" waist (my exact measurement), thinking if it was too big I would be able to pull it in a bit with the tie. It's definitely too big, even with 2cm taken out. Next time I would make the next size down. I'm not sure if the fact that my cotton sateen (from Truro Fabrics) has a little give has anything to do with this; it's not stretch sateen though.
I like the way the pattern says to topstitch along the sides of the pleats to keep them in place. But I was surprised to find there was no mention of understitching the facing at the waistline. Without topstitching, the facing wants to pop out of the top of the skirt. A beginner wouldn't know to do this, so it would be helpful to have it in the instructions. Unless I've been a total donkey and missed it!
Right now I'm working on a Victory Patterns Lola Dress in bright blue knit. I sometimes find knits tricky...let's see what happens!