Saturday, July 09, 2011

The making of Vogue 9850

(You can see the finished skirt here!)

This seemingly simple project taught me several things. First, darts don't work in heavy-weight fabrics. I did read the back of the pattern, which recommended a light- to medium-weight fabric, yes. But it's all Genny's fault! I went fabric shopping with her a few weeks ago, and we had so much fun that I ended up buying the wrong thing!

Bellow, my catastrophic first version. Press the darts all you want, they won't look better.
Take my word people: you will burn your fabric if you press too insistently. This is what happened and the discoloration looked pretty bad in real life.

After internally weeping for a few minutes, I decided to "Make it work" and altered the pattern to do away with the darts. (Happily, I had bought enough fabric to cut a second skirt. I usually get frustrated when a pattern instructs me to buy more fabric than I actually need, but in this case it was a good thing.) So I carefully measured the darts on the original pattern and transfered them on the sides, as you can see.
Another thing I learned with this project is how to make bound pockets. I've mentioned before that front bound pockets would be a good solution to side pockets for curvier hips. I thought this would be a good opportunity to learn this new technique. I decided to really take my time figuring out how to make them. I referred to this tutorial, as well as to Tasia's on bound buttons holes, which were both helpful. I did four trials before the Moment of Truth came. Luckily, things went smoothly. :-)
And finally, another problem I had was that the sides of the skirt would stick out too much. This would normally not happen with a fabric with more drape, but again, the pattern was not intended for a heavy-weight fabric. It was easy to correct: I simply took in a bit of the sides at the bottom.


  1. I just stumbled upon your blog and I'm so glad that I did! Can't wait to read through it!


  2. So adorable. And I am so jealous of all your sunshine!


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