I’ve been hunkering down in the sewing corner working on a few things, although not all have been related to the SWAP project. This skirt has been finished for a while, but today was the first day I wore it, and so this post has waited until now. I think I’d originally planned this pattern for the wine wool in the SWAP program but after cutting trousers from this pea-soup green fabric (lovely!), I realized that I had enough for this little number, and I wanted to try it out. Here’s my exaggerated modelling-a-skirt pose.
And the requisite back view. It’s basically a pencil silhouette with a godet inserted to the left front side of the skirt.
Years ago as I was perusing the first edition of Claire Schaeffer’s Couture Sewing Techniques I was intrigued by a photo of a Balenciaga jacket that had cut-on facings which were eased and shrunk around the curved bottom edge. So I thought I’d give the technique a try on the godet because there’s a lot of ease needing to happen with the 2-inch hem allowance. Here’s a photo of the godet after the first round of steaming, easing and shrinking.
I was hoping to get zero wrinkles and gathers on the hem allowance of the little baby, but this is the best my limited patience would do. Not too bad. I did not underline the godet. This may have been a mistake, but we’ll see how it wears over the next few years. I put the godet into the skirt completely finished, including the lining/stay, prior to adding the lining to the rest of the skirt. This meant the hem allowance on the skirt was actually turned up and over the seam allowance of the completely finished godet. It’s fell-stitched into place.
This is the interior of the front. The godet lining is more of a stay: it’s not as deep or wide as the godet itself. Burda suggested only the godet be lined, but I wanted a completely lined skirt. You can see from the picture below that the lining has been fell stitched to the godet seams, as mentioned previously.
I want this skirt to last a while, and so I underlined it completely (excluding the godet) with silk organza. And I prettified the hem with acrylic lace from Mokuba.
This is how I wore it today. I’m wearing my Vogue 1324 blouse, another SWAP item which I’ll post about later.