Another victim of the insects-under-the-bed was a trouser suitable length of brown wool, in a coarse weave. With judicious cutting, I managed to fit a straight skirt on the hole-less pieces.
The fabric ravels in an indiscriminate manner, and I didn't enjoy sewing with it very much. I am almost grateful to the insects for munching so much of it.
The pattern is Burda Style 02-2011-107. I was inspired to make this particular skirt by Dawn's post, in which she describes her use of an elastic contour waist finish, as detailed in Threads, September 2008, to support the high waist. I had used this technique previously, with mixed results, but thought Dawn's application of the technique above the natural wasitline would work much better than my earlier attempts. Please, if you are comparing the skirts, remember that this particular skirt is definitely not a size 34, like the reviews at pattern review. This is a flattering skirt for a curvy person (size 40, with generous backside allowance added - very useful back panels for this adjustment are present in the pattern. The waist is about size 38, skinner at the back). My version has an added front central seam for insect avoidance reasons, and I used no seam allowances at the waistline, or hem, length B, to allow for my short waistedness and short leggedness.
I like the fit of the skirt. I am not thrilled with the elastic contour waist again. This time I followed Dawn's photos, where the elastic is applied to the right side of the outer fabric (lining underneath for me), which gives a doubled over edge of elastic at the waist seam.
I think my elastic was too stiff for this technique. It did not like being doubled over on itself, and was only tamed into position by understitching (3 step zig zag).
Later I tried this technique on another garment, using bridging stitch that just caught the elastic, so when the fabric was turned right sides outwards, the elastic was not folded, and I prefered the turn achieved in this way.
Despite my unhappiness with the elastic. I have worn this skirt 3 times in the past 10 days. The waistband is comfortable, if gappy, and having the unfortunate tendency to stand up directly from my hips,
I must have been in desperate need of a brown winter skirt in my wardrobe. I plan to use this pattern again, and to keep fiddling with contour waistbands. I will look out for soft and forgiving wide elastic. I will also work on my photography.
How is this for an edgy country town decay background? ;)
Aren't you glad I did not attempt daily photography for Me-Made-June?
Maybe I should work a little more on my photography.