Sunday, April 25, 2010

SWAP-piece # 2 in progress: Burda Skirt

First of all I'd like to thank everyone who left a kind birthday-wish at my last post!  You are so sweet!!

Now, onto the skirt I'm currently making (Burda 04/2006-103). It's coming along just fine. I hope to finish it tomorrow. It only needs to be hemmed, so....  Today it's too nice outside to stay indoors so after finishing this post I'm gonna take up the book I'm reading at the moment and spend some relaxing time outside!

At this stage I only have some construction-pictures. Just to give you an idea of the ins and outs of this skirt. It's very basic and the pleat is the only real feature in it but it's the first time I'm sewing this kind of pleat so it's new and interesting to me. (By the way, the fit is great, I'll show you when it's finished of course !).

First, one more (and last) time, the linedrawing:

And now some pictures:
This is not the kind of fabric you should use (or wear for that matter) when you're having a headache. At first the lines were dancing before my eyes but now it seams I'm used to it.

The inside at the front. As you can see, the pleat is formed by placing a rectangular piece of fabric against the folds of the midcenter seam, attaching them at the sides and at the top with V-shaped stitching. These stitches go through the rect. piece and the folds, but don't show at the right side.
The hem of the rectangular piece is already folded and handbasted in this picture.
I didn't follow the instruction to use lining. This kind of fabric doesn't need any. So I just made a facing at the top and finished it that way. Perfect solution.

Darts and zipper in the back. Not an invisible one, but placed almost invisible. I haven't mastered the skill of sewing an invisible zipper yet. Oh, who am I kidding? I never even tried to sew an invisible zipper. (I'm terrified just thinking about it!!)

Here you see the bottom of the pleat. The vertical seams at this part are not sewed all the way down. First the skirt has to be hemmed at all places, and then you can finish the seams at the side of the pleat.
I still have to figure out how to do this so it looks neatly finished. There is something in the instructions about folding corners but I don't quite get that. Let's see if I can find some inspiration/solution on the internet.

Well, that's it for now guys.
It all takes a bit way much longer than I would like it to, and I'm actually jealous to see how much you are all accomplishing sewing-wise, but I'm just doing it at the pace that's appropriate for my life at this moment.
And maybe if I eliminate the 'have to sew'-factor, then the 'want to sew'-factor will return again. And that would be more than nice!

Sewing should be fun and not a 'tour of duty'. Don't you think so?

So bear with me, I'm not blogging nearly as much as I want to, but I hope you have patience with me.

Thanks for that.



Kathi said...

I like that skirt - the stripes look great with the pleat!! I know what you mean about the stripes, though. Sometimes stripes like that will give me a migraine or make me dizzy!
Glad you are having nice weather there. We are having a rather rainy weekend.

gwensews said...

I can imagine that stripe would cross your eyes! But, it's turned out very well--cute! We all sew at different paces. I'm one of the slow sewists. Some people manage to do a lot in a short time. Just sew when you want, and show us what you did.

Lina said...

Lovely skirt Lilian!I agree with you,'want to sew'-factor is essential for good and pleased sewing.