At the beginning of April I joined the Asymmetrical Skirt Sew-Along hosted by Stitch. Here is my own version!
As mentioned before, I was extremely excited about the sew-along… mainly because I had bought the Stitch issue earlier and still hadn’t gotten around sewing it.
But mostly because I thought it would be a great occasion to learn something new from Stitch experts.
Impressions on the Sew-Along and Asymmetrical Skirt project review
Unfortunately Stitch only gave the work plan and posted a couple of comments. Thankfully, the magazine instructions are very well done and I could sew the skirt anyway.
Well, the project started with a couple of scary moments. The first one when I re-read the pattern corrections file where Stitch explained the facing was too small in the original pattern. And this was after I had cut my fabric!
But I got lucky…since I had bought a digital copy of Stitch, the pattern had been corrected in the meantime.
The second was just a plain mistake… I cut one of the facings the wrong way around. So the interfacing was actually on the outside. Since I was lazy or rather I didn’t want to waste any fabric, I simply stitched the lining also to the other side. So the interfacing is now enclosed as in a sandwich. I only did it since the fabric was very thin to start with. I wouldn’t recommend doing it with thicker fabrics.
In terms of fabric choice, I feel a thicker linen or other fabric would have been better. I used this linen blend from my stash which feels a bit too thin for such a skirt. In fact, I tried to fix it by using a heavier interfacing to give the skirt the needed structure, but this means the interfacing seems heavier than the outside. Lesson Learned!
Another lesson I learned from this project is that there is a trick to sewing buttoholes on my machine. Which I had overlooked! So I believe this is the reason behind some of my seams ripping on lighter fabrics when I open up the buttonhole. Sweet Karen from Did you make that pointed this issue out to me. I haven’t sewn any other buttonhole yet, but I believe the solution might be around the corner :o)
Overall, I had the pattern required some adjustments to fit my body: I had to move the button placement to fit my hips and take in the waist a bit… I guess that makes me pear-shaped!
Eventually Stitch did publish some tips on the skirt. So, if you would like to sew it anytime, check out their Project Update. I guess I will use it for the next project as the tips are very good.
Overall I do love this pattern and I am hoping to wear the skirt in the warmer weather.
Thoughts on blogging and sewing
On a totally different topic, have you read the thought-provoking You can sew post and discussion on Whipstitch blog ?
I was really surprised to see how many people feel about sewing, blogging and life in general. It all started with a simple question “What is it that you don’t say out loud?”. And comments started to flow.
What made me sad is that many women think they are not good enough, they are scared of sharing their projects and even feel put down by popular quilting bloggers. And this even when nobody clearly tells them so. In the clothing blogs I have never noticed such an attitude, but now I am getting worried.
I hope nobody among my readers feels that way. We are all here to learn and share the joy of creating with women. I have a lot to learn, I make tons of mistakes, I don-t come up with super innovative ideas, yet I want to be part of this amazing community. I feel like I have to give back to the blogging world and not just take, I feel it’s nice to share your hobby with other people even if I will never meet you in person (though I’d love too).
And like other bloggers I am very happy when getting your comments!
With these thoughts I wish you a very relaxing sewing week!