Hope everyone (at least in the US) enjoyed their long weekend! I used the time to finish up some lingering sewing projects and get caught up on homework.
Speaking of lingering sewing projects, not only did I finally make a new pillowcase for the pillow on my couch, I also finished Simplicity 2512! The pattern was designed by Cynthia Rowley (who’s guest judging on Project Runway All-Stars this season) and while it was pretty straight-forward, for some reason I just had so many issues finishing it. First, I bought the wrong color zipper (should have gone with black since the fabric is such a dark grey, but I digress), then I had to wait to go back to my parents’ house to pick up the hem tape for the hem since I ran out of fabric (the skirt is made out of Pendleton wool remnants) to make more bias binding, then I had issues sewing in the invisible zipper, because for some reason I kept sewing on the teeth and then had to rip those stitches out. But, it’s finally done!
You can’t tell from the photos, but the waistband is a bit too loose (although it keeps the skirt up just fine). And I don’t know if I entirely like the shape. it’s not quite a full-gathered skirt, but not quite a pencil skirt (even though it does have the vent in the back), so it makes my hips look a bit bigger than they really are (which is why I omitted sewing in the pockets – self sewn-in pockets on my skirts always have a tendency to make my hips appear wider than they are).
Anyways, despite the challenges posed and uncertainty about the shape, I’m glad to have this project done and a new modern skirt in my closet. It’s been so rainy here lately, so I haven’t had a chance to wear it outside just yet, but I’m hoping to soon.
In the meantime, I’m totally in a period underpinnings sewing phase right now, and am working on my first Edwardian petticoat! Speaking of which, I’ve decided to write a post about all the costuming resources I’ve found as of late on Edwardian and early teens clothing (I’ve been researching this stuff like a mad woman!) and hope to have that up on Thursday.