Thursday, May 19, 2011

One Steampunk Skirt Done


 Even with redoing ever flat fell seam at least once  and with absolutely no instructions the skirt is finished. 


In process: dealing with evil
pleats!!
There were many hair pulling moments but I am not dissatisfied with the end result.  The pleats were another issue.  I cannot get my head around how to make pleats.  I mean I know how to do it in theory and I did it for the brown skirt.  However, it takes me a hours to get them to work correctly.  The first time I tried the pleats, I did them completely backwards.  Thank goodness I had only basted them in!

Back of skirt and
yoke.
I added the yoke and added some hooks on some self fabric strings I made.  Adding the grommets to the back of the yoke was almost a fail.  The grommets I have just were not working but then I found some scrapbook grommets which did work.  Whew.

Close up of buttons and
the hooks
I found the buttons in the same store as the hooks.  I love the buttons!! My sewing machine did not love putting in the button holes!  In fact, the machine came to a halt when there were 5 buttonholes left.  Only after a significant rest was the machine able to trundle on. 

I would like to add a few more utility strings.  I have 2 more hooks and a bunch of D rings that I could add to the skirt. 

While I like the resulting skirt, I cannot recommend this pattern if you do not have a lot of sewing experience.  Not only do you need to figure out what order and how to put the outfit together, you need to determine what facings you will need and construct them.  Pattern instructions are a security blanket for me.  I feel safe knowing that if I run into problems, I can just refer to the instruction.  Here, I was flying without the net and as I put this skirt together I kept wondering if I was doing things correctly.  The seam ripper was used more in this project than any other project for a long while.  

1 comment:

Molly said...

Every good sewer has at least once sewn pleats the wrong way, its easy to get confused with them. I think the most helpful tip I heard was to mark pleats on the right-side of the fabric to stop you sewing them back-to-front. (If you don't want to draw on your fabric baste onto the right side some stabiliser/tissue paper/garden frost cover and mark the pleats on that then unpick it as you make each pleat.)

Lovely looking skirt, will look even nice when its on you!