This is my second piece for the wardrobe contest over at Patternreview.com. Looks really simple, right? That's what I thought. I can knock this off in a day, I told myself. Well, it was too big in the waist and then too small in the hips. I take it in here and let it out there, but that messes up the line and I have to go back and fix something else. Three days and lots of tweaks later I finally have it completed.
This is a looser woven fabric and frayed like no body's business. But no worries, I lined it, so all those strings are contained on the inside. The fabric was bought last spring from JoAnn's. It was part of their "Monaco" collection. I loved a bunch of that line, so bought lots when they marked it down.
I really like the peekaboo back to this skirt. You think it's straight until you see the rear view and get a little surprise. I'll be making the pleated version at some time, especially now that I've got the fit ironed out. I wanted this skirt to end at my knees, so I doubled the petite length adjustment. That way the back flounce didn't have to be shortened any.
Here's the side invisible zipper and chocolate brown lining I added. I used this really silky upscale lining - also from JoAnn's - I think they call it "newberg". It's $8.99/yard but I always use a coupon. I use to not care about the quality of my linings but I think I'm turning into a slight fabric snob. :)
Here you can see the lines of the back flounce a little better. For the lining I cut the same pieces as the outer fabric and used the facings for interfacing.
And that's that. Two down, eight to go. Up next is Butterick 5284. I'm making view C with the sleeves of A and darts of B. Why do two of these blouses have darts and two don't? Notice they all look tapered in the waist. Whatever. I'm using the white poplin. You can never have too many white blouses, right?