A couple of weeks ago I started working on a new skirt. I saw a link to this skirt on this blog post and later on this post, and I had to make it. My friend, Rebekah, had given me 5yards of this fabric as a birthday present almost two years ago. I loved the color, but it's a pretty stiff fabric so I wasn't sure what to make from it until I got thinking about the Deceptively Skinny Patchwork Skirt. I thought I'd use this grey fabric to make a muslin. And ridiculous me, I can't just make a muslin out of muslin. I've got to make it so I can actually wear it. I decided to use a different patchwork design than the one shown on the original skirt. That way, I can still make the black and white one just like the original. Anyway, I used my handy quilting book, Quilter's Complete Guide, to figure out how to peice together this design. I believe it's called a Log Cabin?
Here's my Log Cabin strip.
For the pattern for the actual skirt, I drafted a skirt block couple of years ago using this site. I used my self-drafted skirt block as a template, and made a few alterations to get the panel in the front to be curved. I think it's more slimming with the curves, rather than having a straight rectangular patchworked peice down the front.
So what still needs to be done on this skirt? I'm going to rip out the black invisible zipper and go put in a grey one instead. It's not bad on the dress form, but when I wear it, the zipper seam gapes open (just barely) and it looks like a black crack right where... my crack is. I'd rather have a truly invisible seam there, but I still need to get to the store and buy the zipper first. And I need to put in a real waist band or waist facing. I haven't decided which to do yet. But the hem is all done! I did a blind hem. It turned out okay. I've done hems that were blinder than this one turned out, but it's good enough, and I'm not interested in re-doing it. Anyway, I'll post pics when the skirt is finished.