So when I found a similar fabric at Moodfabrics.com, I knew just what it was going to become. Unfortunately, I had a number of problems. For starters, I only bought a yard, and a big chunk of it had the flowers sewn down with the dull side of the ribbon showing. I didn't want part of my skirt shiny and part matte, so I couldn't use that part. I figured out that I cold put a center back seam in it and squeeze the skirt out of the remaining shiny part.
|I did not intend to leave it without a hem.|
Cute, right? Except:
Ugh! Messy side seams! The backs matched perfectly, BTW, I just didn't have enough fabric to make the sides match up. And honestly, I wasn't even thinking about it. Yes, I realize nobody would have noticed but me. I tried to forget about that awful twinning. I let the skirt rest for a day to think about it, but I just couldn't leave it that way. Brainstorm! Why not add silky panels down the side seams in a matching rosy pink like tuxedo pants have:
More ugh! What a puckered mess! I couldn't iron on those flowers to get a crisp edge to the side panel and the stretchy mesh behind the ribbon roses pulled it out of shape. I could take the side panels off and add some interfacing, but by this time I had decided it wasn't going to be very flattering anyway. For someone who is always trying to make her top half look more proportionate to her bottom half, that much texture and shine on my bottom half wasn't the best idea.
Bummer! However, I think I can refashion the skirt pieces into something else. It will need to be a garment for my upper half, and it needs to at least have 3/4 sleeves because the roses are slightly scratchy. Anyone have a good idea? I am open for suggestions.