After going through the hardest part of this simple project, fitting a basic commercial skirt pattern, part of “Sewing Studio” craftsy.com class with Diana Rupp, this phase was pretty much a piece of cake. The material requested in the class is wool. But since this is my first attempt at sewing and lining a skirt, I decided to use a remnant of a nice charcoal linen fabric I kept for a while. Then I won’t feel bad for wasting a nice and pricey wool fabric. I used for this project a commercial skirt pattern I had for a fitting shell. But most people who signed up had the option to purchase Diana Rupp’s book “Sew Everything Workshop” at a discount price. This book includes patterns, one of them called “The Naughty Secretary” which was used in this class to make this skirt.
With this project I have mastered:
- Fitting a basic commercial skirt pattern : This included identifying a major posture issue on my body that throws off any pattern below my waist.
- Invisible Zipper insertion: It took me three attempts to master a flawless “invisible” zipper. Yay!
- How to use bias tape as facing: This is something I have never done and loved it. I just had to finish the facing slipstitching because the linen fabric kept skewing and puckering on the right side. Very hard to control as much as I pressed and try to stabilize the fabric, it just wanted to move.
- Lining a skirt: I have used a cotton and it gives the skirt more weight. I am satisfied with the look and feel.
After taking this class I feel very confident about my sewing and fitting skills and I definitely want to improve my the appearance of my skirt I am ready to challenge myself following Suni Standing method using grosgrain or petersham ribbon to face the waistbands of your skirts. I love the ease and polished look!