I guess this thing isn't entirely a wiggle skirt, but its close enough. I used the pattern from Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing. I must say, this is the first book I've bought that contained patterns and sewing techniques and it's great. Plus, it's great to be able to look up in Gertie's blog for more explanations and pictures of things that weren't able to make it into the book. Like the boning on this waistband. It's the exact same skirt that she created in the book, which was perfect for me since that's what I was creating as well. I needed a simple black pencil skirt that I could wear to work as the other two I own are way too tight and short for that environment.
This material was a beast to cut and sew with due to its constant fraying. The selvage mentions something about worsted polyester (no idea what that means), but its a material that I bought in Jamaica a couple years back and am just now getting to it. I tried catching the side seams of the skirt material in bias tape, but the dang thing pulled completely off at the points when I got near the edge and just kept pulling. I ended up pinking those seams and it seems to be holding up well enough, but I'm interested to see what's going to happen after I run it through the wash.
|Failed attempt to encase the seams|
I went all out and boned and lined the thing and after a few headaches, it tuned out pretty good. After realizing that machine stitching wouldn't catch the whole waistband front, I hand stitched the lining into the waistband. It was surprisingly therapeutic. I also hand stitched the lining to the zipper, which involved hand acrobatics, but it looks neat and professional. Here's a pic of the nice wide waistband.
I think I'll do a nifty button and elastic loop in the future just to personalize it a little more. And I added a ribbon to the lining to personalize it as well.
And to finish the post off, here's a pic of me wearing the skirt! I'm excited to play with the pattern again, I'll make the waistband a tad smaller next time, and I'm thinking about hemming this one a little above my knees, but all in all, it was a great first try!
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