- I intend to line it this time. Thankfully, I have JUST enough of the silk left to line the skirt.
- The pattern doesn't come with lining pieces or instructions.
- To complicate matters, the skirt is vented.
- Furthermore, I've made this once with a thick fabric and, while I love the drape, the waistband (made of thick self-fabric), that version is way too bulky. I learned, in that project, that I would need to face a thick-fabric skirt in some other way going forward.
- I want to learn how to use petersham as a waistband facing. I love how it looks, I love how it "contains", and I love how it's a slender interior waist solution. (Note: This recently purchased book contains a good tutorial on how to use petersham as a facing...)
The skirt comes with that adorable, unstructured jacket I have also made with success. This set is an easy, excellently drafted, well-explained project I would recommend to an intermediate beginner. The line drawing does no justice to either piece, particularly the skirt which manages to hug all curves with adequate give and to highlight the waist with its facing unit. I cannot tell you how much I love it. Well, I suppose I can, what with words and all. I love it.
One of the things about it I particularly appreciate is that the waistline is marked, as is the centre back, as are the fold lines of the back vent. It tells you what goes where.
To ensure I know what I want, fit-wise, from the suit version, today I wore my latest V8640 (length of which I love) and determined what length of skirt I will need for the suit. To facilitate a 5/8" hem, I'm looking at 24.75", in case you're interested. That's a few inches shorter than the actual pattern.
Now, I was starting to worry a bit. How would I figure out how to draft the lining (I had an idea, but not a well-formed one)? How would I make the petersham waistband? How would I deal with the freakin' vent AND a lining?
And I have to tell you that my every theoretical dilemma has been resolved by Ms. Sunni Fashionable Stitch - a sewist and sewing entrepreneur who knows her shit. And who helps the world by posting really useful tutorials.
For your learning pleasure:
Happily, I had the foresight to buy some petersham from Sunni a couple of months ago - and one of the colours I bought is perfect for this garment. It also happens to be 2 inches wide, thankfully. That's about the minimal width you want for a waistband that really provides structure.
This is a good time for me to suggest that you go to her shop and buy stuff. You will not regret it.
Oh, I'm intrigued by this...