I Made Another Skirt!

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Results are in for my second effort at sewing a skirt. Two highlights:

  1. I had dropped one size.
  2. I got the zipper in on the first try (see “Caught in the Zipper” for my previous travails).

I did have some snafus. When I sewed the pleats, the skirt came out a little smaller than it was supposed to. I overcompensated when I made the lining, so it was too small and had to be altered. Twice. Grandma FP said I should sew a new one from new fabric but I was too lazy to face a new set of darts, so I just sewed a strip of fabric into the side. (And then a large strip when the first one wasn’t big enough.) Probably not the approved method, but hey, it’s a skirt. The zipper space in the lining, for some reason, is not as long as the actual zipper, but I can get it on and off, so who cares?

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You can see the white fabric sticking up way past the end of the zipper. Oh, well.

Also, the darts don’t quite match up between the skirt and the lining. Well, one of them does, and the other looks like this:

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I used the “contrast pleat” pattern from the same book I used last time, The Essential A-line. I consulted a second book, Skirt-a-Day Sewing, but it seemed too complex for my current skills. Their designs feature waistbands and interfacing rather than full lining, and the suggested sewing kit is much larger. (I can’t imagine that I will ever invest in a “tailor’s ham,” for instance. It is a ham-shaped hard pillow thing used for ironing darts, apparently.)

I think next time, I will stay away from pleats altogether and try something a little simpler. I really want a black skirt and have not found a satisfactory one in stores. Note to retailers: Not everyone likes pencil skirts. Some of us look pregnant in them.

Cost for materials was under $20. I did not buy any new gadgets! I was really, really tempted to buy a real metal invisible zipper foot, but I resisted the urge and I actually found that my cheapo plastic one worked much better this time under my more-experienced hand. It did not fall apart even once! I bought new polka dot and lining fabric and used up some of the leftover houndstooth from my first skirt.

Here are some pics of the finished skirt. I’m a librarian, so I can do stuff like go to work wearing a homemade polka-dot-and-houndstooth skirt and low-top Chuck Taylors (not shown).

What are you making lately, or what new skills have you learned?

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Selfie. Arms not long enough to show whole skirt, but this one shows the color the best. The houndstooth is not really that crooked.

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Big Brother needs to work on his photograph skills.

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About frugalparagon

I'm a part-time librarian and mom to two small boys. I blog about striving for the long-term goal of financial independence while running a tight ship at home.

6 responses to “I Made Another Skirt!”

  1. Mrs PoP says :

    Love it! Absolutely love it!

  2. Grandma says :

    It’s very cute and very you. Nice work!

  3. Moonwaves says :

    It’s definitely very cute – I like it. I’m having a bit of a love/hate relationship with polka dots at the moment. I kind of like them but feel like the nicest version of everything I need at the moment comes in polka dots so I’m nearly getting a bit sick of them already. When I had to replace my suitcase while travelling recently, the polka dot suitcase wasn’t the nicest, but it was the best value so that’s what I got. I suspect that just because I don’t really like it that much, it will end up being one of those cheap suitcases that refuses to die for decades. I’m hoping in the next few months I’ll actually finish unpacking after moving and then also hoping that the sewing machine someone gave me eight years ago (that I still haven’t used!) works and I can finally give something a go. Maybe by then you’ll have set up a sideline in Skype sewing classes for people with far, far less sewing ability than you have. 🙂

    • frugalparagon says :

      I can’t remember ever owning anything with polka dots before! The novelty will probably wear off after a while, but I’m like aaalll about the dots right now.

      I have a book out from the library called Love at First Stitch–I haven’t read it yet but it’s supposed to be an awesome book for getting started!

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