As I write this I am a little bummed out. I just tried on the Barcelona skirt I’ve been making and it’s too big.
A little background – I took a class at a local sewing shop to learn how to make this skirt. The class was great and the teacher, Pat, was incredibly nice and helpful. She taught me how to line up the pattern as best as possible and I think the tiers blend well. The class was so valuable – I did my first invisible zipper and my first lining – yay! Plus she put up with my constant questions!
My first zipper!
Ignore the little blue marks throughout – it’s water soluble pen that will wash out.
No idea why the top of the zipper is uneven but I don’t think anyone would notice when it’s on.
Nice soft lining…
I think one of my problems was my expectation of the skirt going in. I wanted to make the tiered version and have a nice basic a-line skirt for summer. But it’s a more relaxed, flowy style than I would typically wear.
But the other issue is the sizing. I knew it was going to be a little roomy after trying on the lining and we took in the lining and exterior several times. I don’t really know what’s wrong – I followed the size according to the pattern and loose style aside, there’s no way it would have stayed up without adjustments and even now it is too big to be flattering or comfortable. I finally stopped taking it in because it was starting to look funky. To avoid the lump on the side, I would need to take it in much farther down or the whole side seam.
I don’t need to ADD lumps and bumps to my hips! And I don’t think I want to take in both sides of the lining and exterior.
So, the dilemma is this – do I even bother finishing the hem and hand-stitching the lining by the zipper? I really don’t think I’d wear it. It’s a total bummer since I love the fabric and once washed, the edges of the tiers will have some cool fraying. I kind of think it would be better to find a friend that it would fit or likes the looser style (and is tall – it’s long!). I could finish it to their desired hem length. What do you think?