When you're trying to decide what your next project will be, is it a huge struggle? Because it is for me. I look through patterns. I look through fabric on my shelves. I go back to the patterns. I look things up on Pattern Review. I check to see if fabric is on sale this week. I paw through my refashion basket. I vacillate. I dither. I look at projects on Wardrobe Refashion. I finally pick out a pattern and fabric and ALMOST start, and then I put it all back. Ugh.
Finally, FINALLY, I decided to use some Alexander Henry fabric I've had for a few months. The main fabric was a fortunate find in the remnant bin one day--just enough for a basic skirt. I bought a quarter yard of the contrasting fabric (using a 40% off coupon, of course), because I knew it would make me happy to see those dots inside!
The fabric has a lot going on, so I just wanted an a-line skirt. I used Butterick 4461 instead of my precious New Look 6843 because the New Look has a waistband and no facing. I used this pattern once before for this skirt, which was a little too big, so I went down a size and am much happier with it. HOWEVER! Next time I am going to draw a new facing for this stupid pattern. The way it goes together is seriously dumb, and I knew that going in, but...I don't know. I thought it might have changed since the last time I made it?
This is how I'll wear it for now, but I can't wait 'til I can warm it up with tights, boots, and a turtleneck!
A quick word about facings! Someone recently commented on them, said hers never look so polished, and asked about a tutorial. Well, there's no secret, really. I just finish off that bottom edge with double fold bias tape. Other than that, I just do as the pattern says: Use interfacing, turn the ends under and whipstitch them down, etc. But really, it's all about the bias tape! Darling Petunia + bias tape = True Love Forever.