This has been hanging around while I got on with Dawn’s coat, and it’s been really annoying me! Such a simple project, left dangling, literally.
Recap- it’s a beautiful gored skirt, with a high, boned waistline. I’ve made it up in the red/black embossed African wax cotton, which is softer and more fluid than most of the African cottons I’ve used to date. The waistline is faced in a bit of leftover black cotton sateen, and I laboriously followed instructions to construct a long hook-and-eye fastening placket at centre back [I won’t bother with that again when tape is readily available in the markets!]
Why it didn’t get finished- I was trying to get several other items finished, wanted to crack on with the coat, and couldn’t finish off the waist or hem of this without trying it on with corset and boots…and couldn’t muster the energy to bother!
Today is my first Wednesday off, having finally managed to negotiate a short term reduction of working hours, so I thought I might as well get it done. Into combinations, boots and corset [in that order, you don’t try and put footwear on once laced up!] and on with the skirt.Huge.
Even though I definitely chose the right size [I know my corseted measurements!] and even though I don’t wear this one cinched quite as much as the Victorian one, the skirt just wanted to slide off altogether. It’s ended up nearly 3″ too big on the waist. Very odd. Sigh. I’ve judged the length well though, the hem just brushes my boots, a nice length to be able to walk around. I can go ahead and add my hem facing without further ado.
However, that waistline took four pins to take up the excess fairly evenly, and now I may have to remove the boning to take in the excess. It’s that or see if I can make darts between the gores…
On a heartening note, I slipped on the Eton jacket with it, and the final effect is going to be great- the high waist, and cropped jacket really make my waist look small, despite the reality of being shaped like a sack of apples…
Right. Alteration time, before I lose the will…[I hate alterations, even partway through a make!]