Sunday, 8 February 2015

Less a Highland Fling and more a Highland waddle.

I love this skirt. It's super comfortable and the fabric I bought months and months ago with no clue what I wanted to do with it.
I'm surrounded by gorgeous countryside where I'm currently living.
I saw a lot of people making full dresses from plaid fabrics and they all looked amazing but I chickened out and instead chose this pattern.

The pattern was released in 1975 and I chose view 3.

So how easy was it to make? Super simple. Seriously, the easiest thing I have ever sewn.

It's cut on the bias which made hemming it a bit more awkward but I found this tutorial from ByHandLondon and after that it was easy as really delicious pie. Mmm pie.

A car went by very quickly, it was loud too, I clearly disapprove.
I chose tip number one and sewed a line of stitches about 1 cm from the edge, pressed and turned and voila, perfectly flat and even hem.

So what changes did I make?
First off I cut about five or six inches from the length. Apparently women in 1975 were all six feet tall. Please bare in mind that this was the shortest version of the skirt. It's supposed to be just above the knee. It came to mid calf on me. Okay I know at five foot one it's not surprising that I had to shorten the skirt but I wasn't expecting to shorten it that much!

Welcome to England's Not a Next Top Model.
Skirt drapes nicely though.
The only other change I made was to omit the iron on interfacing on the waist band. The band is so thin that it doesn't really need stabilising and I figured for ease of comfort I'd keep it softer.

The cat insists you comment on my blog...or not whatever.
I worked hard on pattern matching and my hard work paid off much to my relief.

Just call me stumpy the dwarf.
I'm not sure how much more I can say about this skirt, it was my first vintage pattern, my first time cutting on the bias, my first pattern matching. I'm really pleased with how it turned out and I know I will wear this skirt a lot.

Last post I was dancing The Time Warp, this time it was the Macarena. 
Ay Macarena!

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1 comment:

  1. Great job on your pattern matching. I've never sewn with plaid, you may just have tempted me... :-)