This skirt should have been very easy. What could be easier than a straight (well, nearly straight, I think it is slightly pegged) skirt with no waistband. I even left off the welt pockets.
It looks OK here, but let me tell you my sad story.
This skirt has a fly front. I am not accustomed to sewing fly fronts with no waistband, so I followed the Burda instructions. At least, I thought I followed the Burda instructions. This is what I ended up with.
Bodgy on the outside, but the true disaster can only be seen on the inside.
Obviously I have failed to understand the instructions.
I took the scissors to the facing, cutting an L shape into the left front, unpicked a bit, and tidied it up so the outside waistlooks straight at least, and the inside can be fastened more easily.
I felt that the outside top fastening was insecure and wobbly looking, so added a snap. You can see here the ravelliness of the fabric - I zigzagged that edge twice.
I am not unhappy with the fix, despite my daughters telling me it didn't look any different! Fellow seamstresses will understand that it looks far, far better now.
Does anyone have a tutorial for this sort of fly front? My 1960's sewing instruction book has let me down badly here, and Australian Stitches can only offer me a lapped zipper with facing instructions.
As the fabric has quite a bit of stretch, I used a zig-zag blind hem instead of a regular blind hem stitch, and again used the overlocker to finish most seams. This skirt is a straight size 38 Burda, with two additional darts at the back to take in the waist, and a little off the side seams. The fabric is an expensive piece of stretch jaquard from Kerryn's Fabric World (mercifully, as I bought it several years ago in a What was I thinking? moment, I can only remember that it was over $40 per metre).It was such a small piece that exact pattern matching was not possible. This was almost a quick project!