When I last showed you this skirt, it had no zipper, facing or hem. Voila! I finished it Tuesday. If you remember, I tried an invisible zipper which was an utter failure (don't know if it's mine or the zippers). I even bought the invisible zipper foot suggested on the package- couldn't even figure out how to put it on my machine. So, I just went back to the tried and true 7" regular old zipper. The zipper doesn't look bad- once I stuff my body into the skirt, it doesn't dip in like it does on the picture (sigh).
Of course, since I hadn't worked on the skirt for several weeks, I first had to clean up my project room to find the facings that I had somehow lost. Fortunately, I found them and I had not cut them into something else. Also, I had only basted the side seam for fitting, but forgot that when I picked it back up. Ooops- I noticed when the skirt was almost finished, but I did go back and correct that as I don't want the side seam ripping open when I sit down!
I also used my new serger, a Janome MyLock 204D, and I like it. Now the inside of my skirt looks as good as the outside! I had put off using it because I dreaded threading it, but it arrived already threaded! Hurray!
Anyway, the skirt is from Sew What! Skirts that I've written about earlier (though I think I already admitted that I cheated and took the measurements from a skirt I had). The fabric is Anna Griffin's Pink Closter, part of her Grace collection.
The skirt fit and is a success (I think it will look darling with a white polo shirt and sandals). So... I immediately traced a pattern from a pair of pants that I liked and started on some linen pants. Hot tip: skirts are easier to fit than pants. Another hot tip: the crotch shape and inseam control a lot of the fit. Yet another hot tip: don't clip your seams too early. The pants are not a success (and will never be finished- at least that version), but have led to two days of a pant pattern frenzy. I will learn to fit pants and I have some resources that can help you. I'll share those in another post- I'm still debating whether I prefer taking a purchased pattern and altering the fit (which I did for years), tracing from an existing pant, or starting from scratch. I'm trying the last two today and will share my results.
I'll also add that Mona (my trusty dress form) is now naked again. She got to wear the half-finished skirt for weeks, but now that it's done, I took it from her. Maybe she can wear the linen pants that are too tight in the rear with no waistband.