Hola. I have just finished re-watching season 6 of sex and the city and am obsessed with Carrie’s full-skirted outfits. I want midi circle skirts! I want heels! I want the Versace mille fueille dress! It’s a shame that 150cm wide fabric is not wide enough to made a basic midi circle skirt.. I will have to find another way. In the mean time, I have a fitted skirt to show you.
Originally I intended to chop the By Hand Georgia pattern in two and make a little crop top and high waisted skirt. I tried and I tried, but I wasn’t able to fit the bust as well as I’d like so I binned it. That pattern is just too big! One day I will do some intense muslin-ing and get it right.
Anyway, I decided to finish the skirt. In hindsight I should have used a regular darted skirt pattern because the princess seam panels distort the print much more. Oh well. I tapered it in at the bottom and used a invisible zip in the side which, when I tried it on this morning, broke. Cheap invisible zips are the bane of my sewing life – my other Georgia dress has also split at the zip. No more cheapies for me! (seriously though, zips can be expensive!).
I also made the top I’m wearing, which looks ok in the photo above but really strange in the photo below. The ‘sleeves’ are a bit too big and I am still undecided on it. The concept was taken from a ready to wear top I tried on recently – black, cropped, strange rectangular cap sleeves and not fitted at the waist. It’s impossible for me to photograph black, so I won’t even bother with a close-up, but the fabric is a thick cotton with raised lines. I think it’s OK and will probably wear it a bit… maybe I will just avoid that pose!
After I made this top with drafted sleeves, I started a dress that actually has this kind of cap sleeve included in the pattern, so I can see how I should have done it. The skirt is sateen, and the waist is enclosed with a bias strip. Basically, I was too lazy to make a waistband! The skirt seems like a simple, simple garment but if you knew the problems I had fitting the attempted crop top and skirt you would understand why I couldn’t be bothered with a waistband!
I’ve lost my sew-jo recently because the 3 projects I’m working on are all fairly plain linen garments when I really want to be making Carrie Bradshaw dresses. I need a more fabulous life!