Using my waist and hip measurements with added ease, this is what the front piece construction looked like.
This looks huge. But remember the added ease and the pleats.
I bought three fabrics for the project, but decided to use the cheapest one to practice with. I bought two yards and used a 40% off coupon making the total price less than 2.50 per yard. A great deal, or was it?
This is where my problems started. The fabric frayed all over the place especially on the curves. Fitting yourself without a dress form is a pain, and don't expect your teen aged daughter who is late for a social event to help. I took in. I let out, which caused me to set the zipper in wrong. I've set in zillions of zippers so I was pretty mad that this wasn't working!
Oooh! Frayed fabric.
The worst set in zipper ever!
I decided to start all over. I literally cut the zipper out of the skirt, and then I unpicked. Ahhh, the value of making a muslin.
The second time around I didn't bother with fitting the skirt. I reasoned that the pattern was drafted specifically to my measurements so it should be good. I decided to serge the edges first to avoid fraying. Then I put in the zipper before the grosgrain ribbon waist facing just in case I needed to do a last minute fitting. This time the results were lovely.
Now I have a pattern that fits me perfectly without adjustments. Care to see my next fabric choices?
Another plaid or an embellished, creamy wool? So much fun fabric, so little time!