Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tablecloth Skirt

So here's the skirt that took weeks in the making. Well, the actual making didn't take weeks. It was just a long, slow process. I cut out the skirt and did nothing with it for weeks. Then I inserted the zipper and sewed the side seams and did nothing with it for weeks. And then when I finished the skirt, I realized it had a horrible mistake. It was like the skirt was not meant to be.

This skirt, like too many in the past, did not fit. I made the A-line, side-zipper skirt from Sew What! Skirts. It's a book I really want to like, but I have found that all of the skirts I have made from it (excluding the wraparound skirts) have been grossly large on me. By inches. After the zipper was sewn in this skirt, I tried it on. I ended up taking an inch off one side seam (because I was not going to take out that zipper). The skirt was doomed from the start.

After the skirt was finished, I noticed the zipper. And then I tried it on again, and it was so big around my waist that I could tug on it and it came over my hips. The skirt required two darts at the waist, which were about an inch each.

I knew I couldn't live with the wonky zipper so I fixed it. What? You don't believe me?

Oh ye, of little faith.

My favorite part of the skirt might be the hidden detail in the facing. I used a vintage pillowcase.

[Last night as our town council meeting was starting, we were standing to say the Pledge. As I tried to stand up, I banged one of my sore knees on the table and then the standing-up movement with my sore chest muscles made me grunt. In the microphone. By accident. Which meeting was being taped for broadcast. It was really just a reflex grunt from my pain. However, it made the mayor turn around and look at me. I tried to stand as straight as I could, all the while wincing in pain. **The doctor said I have "traumatic prepatellar bursitis," which is basically "water on the knee." He prescribed an anti-inflammatory for my knees and said that it would also help the pulled muscles in my chest. Let's just pray it works. Also -- my blood pressure was also high (for me). They think it is because I am in pain.**]


onegirliegirl said...

The skirt is adorable! All your hard work really paid off.

Ouchy on the knee! Hopefully people were a little more sympathetic than just giving a look! Here's to hoping it gets better soon!

xoxo ~Lisa

beki said...

I'm sorry Lera, but your grunt made me laugh. I hope you heal up quickly!!

Katie said...

The skirt turned out very nice! I love it! I'm sticking to my first statement...I'm putting you in a plastic bubble!!
Love, Katie

FinnyKnits said...

Well, firstly - the skirt is very cute, appears to fit you well and I'm super impressed you fixed the zipper situation.

Secondly - I know what you're talking about with the grunting from pain. Sorry you did your grunting into a microphone while being recorded. Fun times.

All this means is that you are very hard core.

spicyapplepie said...

I think the skirt is wonderful! You could always make a toile then you can use it as a pattern for the rest of your skirts then at least you wont have to keep on altering!

Your skirt is simply beautiful, hope the knee heals soon!

Brenda said...

I love that skirt. It was so worth the trouble. Wasn't it? Hope your knee gets better soon.

amandajean said...

the skirt looks great on you! i love your shoes, too. the whole outfit looks great.