Sunday, April 18, 2010

Weekend Sewing

I haven't quite finished the purple blouse. I haven't started the skirt yet either. I know I need to get them finished before they are too big for me, but I'm just not feeling the love for the blouse so the skirt isn't feeling right either.

However, I need clothes to wear. I went through all my clothes on Saturday and pulled out two kitchen size trash bags worth of clothes to give to my nephew's wife. There are a few things that are going to Goodwill, and my t-shirt remakes all went into a box. I kept them for my trunk show that I present when I teach my Designer T-shirt class.

Instead of completing my purple outfit, I decided to make a denim type skirt. Since McCall's patterns were on sale for 99 cents this weekend, I picked up McCall's 5429. I checked out the reviews on and decided to make the short skirt, just lengthen it 6" because a micro mini isn't a good look on me, even though I do have nice looking legs. You can't tell from the drawing, but it's an a-line skirt. I like the seams and pockets very much. It has the fly zipper which is a must for a denim-type skirt.

I spent most of the morning making my alterations to the pattern. I added the length which was 6" plus 1" for a hem, I gave it a tilted waistline and I altered the waistband and skirt for my thick waist. I used the largest size, which is size 20. The pattern hip measurement was exactly my hip measurements for this size.

Most of my alterations were perfect. I know the skirt looks quite tight on me, and it is. You can see my not quite as big as before round belly outlined in the photo. However, I plan to sew it up in a stretch twill which will give me the ease I need. Muslin doesn't have any stretch at all. I have to say I'm pretty happy with the fit for the most part. I didn't put the pockets on the muslin since they wouldn't make a difference to the fit.

For the muslin I cut the center back on fold, but when I sew up the garment, I'll put in that seam. It looks like I probably added too much at the center back and will reduce this by 1/2" before I make the final garment.

I'm very pleased at how I got it to hang evenly at the hem and still fit my tilted waistline. I wonder if this tilt will go away when my big round belly goes away? Hey, a girl can dream, can't she?

If you're not already taking pictures of your garments to check out fit, you really ought to. I didn't see that the waistband was pulling toward center front until I studied the photo. I really shouldn't use a shaped waistband. They never fit right. The circumference is perfect, so I think it's just the shape of the curve that's causing all the pulling. I've decided to use a straight waistband for this skirt.

So, if I don't work tomorrow, I'll have a new skirt and hopefully a new t-shirt to go with it. Too bad it's supposed to rain on Tuesday or I'd have a new outfit to wear to teach class in. The students should be finishing their tote bag and will start on the apron. I'll try to remember my camera so I can show you their very first projects.


  1. Your skirt is going to look fabulous on you. Any chance of explaining or showing us how you do your tilted waist adjustment??? Pretty, pretty, please!!!! I have a nine year old with a massive tilted waist and swayback due to a connective tissue disorder she has.I have worked out the swayback but the skirt I made her still doesn't sit quite right . I love your blog. Thanks Kathy

  2. My gosh woman, you look so good!!! That will be a great skirt!

  3. cute cute skirt! you're right about taking photos of the muslins to help. sometimes I see things that I don't want to! :)
    you bring up another interesting point about muslin having less stretch than some bottomweight fabrics....I think I have trouble fitting a skirt for this reason! the end skirt is usually too big...

    Brenna (tallbean)

  4. Love this skirt on you!! We have similar fit issues I would also love to see your tilted waist adjustment. :) Can't wait to see the finished skirt!

  5. Gooooo Sherril!!! A cute, "with-it" jeans skirt!! Not "hidin'", but "striding'"!! ;)
    Soft hugs,
    Rhonda in Montreal (PR)

  6. I bought this pattern for my girl Lu, because she's a teenager with a gorgeous figure, haha. I never thought about lengthening the mini (my favorite view!) for ME. You've inspired me!

  7. I have a tilted waist too. No it never goes away. Whether I'm 90 or 190, my waist is tilted. I do my adjustments a little differently than you, but both ways work. We both meet the objective of having the hem even, the waist in the right place, and the grain straight.


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