After spending more than 2 hours last night trying to coax my Singer 467 into life in the hope of writing a post relating to it, I’m afraid I gave up. With no bad language at all, obviously. However, yesterday I also finally finished this skirt, so it will have to do instead!
I nearly finished it about 3 months ago, well I did everything except hem it. I pinned it up to this length, wondered if it was right, lengthened it a bit, and decided that wasn’t quite right either. So I left it sitting sadly on the corner of my sewing table, until yesterday, when I tried it on again and decided the original length was the right one… So it’s finished!
It’s about the easiest kind of skirt there is – a dirndl, which is 2 big rectangles, gathered at the top, sewn together and attached to a waistband. You don’t need a pattern, I sewed this using the instructions in Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing. The lovely Gertie has made hers in silk taffeta gingham. Mmmmm. I went for a rather less glamorous poly-cotton gingham from Sew Fabulace Fabrics – at £1.99 a meter, you can’t really go wrong! It’s actually quite nice, as poly-cotton goes, but tending rather more to drape than body, so my effort doesn’t stand out stiffly like Gertie’s taffeta one… But I don’t mind, actually, it’s nice and swishy, and a bit more casual – in fact it’s more like the original Vogue illustration…
…although it appears that my legs are about a foot shorter than that model’s…
Because the fabric is so thin, I made the skirt front and back 65″ wide instead of the recommended 40″ – this does mean it’s gathered quite severely at the waist, so wouldn’t be suitable for fabrics with more body – you could decrease down to 40″ for something like taffeta, or somewhere in between for cotton.
The waistband took a bit of doing… Originally, I put waistband stiffening in, but it was too heavy for the fabric and made the waist too stiff, so out that went. Eventually, after a few experiments, I ended up cutting the waistband 4 times it;s depth, so that the seam allowances were the full depth of the band (ie the waistband consisted of 4 layers of fabric). This seemed to work just fine. I pick-stitched the waistband to make sure the inner layers don’t start shifting around:
And that’s it! The world’s simplest skirt! It was quite nice to actually wear it today after looking at it sitting there unfinished for so long – all I need now is some better tops to wear it with. I’m thinking Gertie’s Portrait Blouse might work, or alternatively the Nettie by Closet Case Files.
In the meantime, I will see if Bambers have any suggestions about my poorly Singer… Fingers crossed!