Hello. Yes, I am still sewing, I promise! I have several finished items to show you, but I’m way behind on photographing them in the poor winter light. Here’s one to be going on with though…
Having given my first version a thorough test drive, I made a second Megan skirt, but this time in stretch corduroy. This fabric looks and feels amazing (so strokeable!) but I found it tricky to photograph the details clearly. It’s a deep teal corduroy with just a little bit of stretch that I chose at Guthrie & Ghani in January.
It has a lovely texture, and I decided to have the smooth side of the pile running downwards because I was more interested in how it feels to wear than how it looks (although a bit of me now wishes I’d done it the other way around so it would look better in these pictures)! NB If you make this in cord, or any other napped fabric, double-check the pocket pieces are going the way you want them before you cut.
The fit is very similar to v1, but I made one or two changes. I’ve shaved a bit more off the side seams in this version, and I cut the waistband a size smaller. Looking at the balance of the garment, I think I should perhaps also have done a flat seat adjustment as the side seams are swinging forward a touch, but I’ll let that go for now.
This is a thick fabric, and as with my denim version that causes a problem when you try to press the front panel seams. There are so many layers here (folded pocket piece, front panel, side front panel) that it’s almost impossible to get a neat finish here. On the denim version I topstitched the seam allowances into place, but that wasn’t going to work here, and even my clapper wasn’t helping much so it’s a touch lumpy on the inside at this point.
The second problem was that I found I didn’t have a suitable zip in anything like the right colour. In normal times, I could have popped into town and been back with a perfect match within the hour, but not in a pandemic, alas. So in my impatience to get it finished, I tried something I’ve not done before – converting a strip of continuous zip into a regular one using the top stops from another zip. I don’t have all the right tools, I’m not hugely dextrous, and I probably used the wrong kind of zip, because this was sooo difficult. I am never doing this again! It’s turned out OK, but not immaculate. Maybe corduroy would be better with a lapped zip? Answers on a postcard, please.
The waistband is curved, and largely on the crossgrain or on the bias, so to stop it stretching out, I also applied twill tape to the seam at the top of the waistband piece (where it meets the waistband facing). I also stabilised the top edges of the pockets with some interfacing to prevent those stretching out.I didn’t fancy trying to stitch the waistband facing down in the ditch, (and especially not unpicking on a pile fabric if I made a mistake), so I finished the raw edge of the facing with some chocolate brown bias tape, and then handstitched it to the seams. It looked so nice I did the same finish for the hem.
Do I love it?
I love the fabric – the colour, the texture and the weight are all exactly what I want to wear in winter. But the garment itself? I’m not sure I do. There’s something about the proportions that makes me feel dumpy in this knee-length style, and it’s not gelling with the tops in my wardrobe either. Maybe it needs to be shorter? Or longer?
Either way, I’m not sure I’ll be making this skirt in a heavy fabric again – but I might give it a go for summertime in something lighter – maybe linen or chambray for a weekend vibe.
How would you solve a problem like Megan?
Until next time x