Friday, December 23, 2011

Moving on...

Thank you to all those who gave me their advice on fitting the Rooibos and who shared with me their experience with the pattern! It made me feel better to hear that I wasn't the only one experiencing problems with it! As great as it is for other body types, I think it's just really difficult for pear-shaped figures.

So, after officially abandoning the project, I seriously needed something uplifting and easy-breezy to focus on: Simplicity 2451.

This is what the muslin looks like. Pardon my wearing it over jeans, I haven’t shaved my legs in 2 months it was very cold in my apartment.

The pattern and construction is fairly simple, so I am really taking my time to construct it perfectly. Also, I’m lining it for warmth and to wear with tights this winter. Lining a skirt with a vent turned out to be fairly tricky, but more on that later.

On the subject of perfecting the construction, I’ve had a major breakthrough when coming across Gorgeous Thing’s post. Readers, I’m telling you, pressing correctly makes a world of a difference! All of the sudden, my stuff looks like couture! (Barely exaggerating. Seriously!) How could I have been unaware of the importance of pressing so long??

You know, it’s not that I didn’t press before – it’s just that I would often attempt to “save time” and press everything at the end. Either that or I would quickly tap my iron on the garment without doing the proper “three steps.” Did you know that “pressing” and “ironing” are two completely different things?

Readers who’ve been following me for a while are probably wondering why Adrienne is churning out so many boring skirts.

“Is she done yet?”
Well, Readers, no, she's not done yet.

Name the three things these skirts have in common
Because I’ve not (yet!) participated in Me-Made and Self-Stitched events, I've never really talked about the wearability of my garments. If I had, you would know that every single one of those skirts ended up either:
a) in The Black Hole (a.k.a back of the closet),
b) donated to Value Village, or
c) being worn by someone in rural Nicaragua as a result of not having been sold at Value Village.

What was wrong with these skirts? I look at the pictures and think “they look OK.”
But they’re not great.

And great (or at least the intent of it) is why I sew.

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