For the past few months, instead of reaching for my old favorites, I've been trying out some new patterns. The dresses, the nightgown, and, of course, some skirts. I never thought I'd say this, but I've been looking for a skirt that's a little straighter. Nothing too severe and pencil-y, just a change from the A-lines I know and love.
The latest experiment: New Look 6758 in view B (top row, middle). I figured the company that brought us New Look 6843, otherwise known as the best A-line skirt pattern of all time, might come through again.
Ultimately, I'm happy with the results, but it was touch and go there for a bit. I'm not sure I'm thrilled with the side zipper on a more fitted skirt like this, although that could have something to do with my zipper-inserting abilities. I think I do a pretty good job with them, but there could be some secret technique I'm missing. In any event, the zip seems a little too long, maybe? And doesn't follow the contour of my hip as smoothly as I'd like. Any suggestions?
I don't have a picture of the zipper, but here I am discovering deodorant marks on my shirt!
My second issue was with the waistband. It has a shaped waistband with the potential to be lovely, but the construction method is kind of a mess. Now that I know what they're aiming for, I think I can simplify that and clean it up a bit.
Look! I can wear my yellow shoes with this skirt! I have no recollection of buying this fabric. It was too much to have been a remnant...maybe it was supposed to become an apron? My mom remarked, "Well, you can certainly wear a lot of colors with it."
The last issue I had was with the fit. I cut a size smaller than my measurements called for, and it was still big. I was wary of taking it in, so I just threw it in the dryer instead. It shrunk just enough to make me happy. Next time I'll cut the smaller size.
Gotta have a hem shot! This shows that any narrow lace will do--it doesn't have to be official Flexi-Lace. I liked how I could follow the scallops with my stitches on this one. OCD, anyone? Oh well, it's not a very full skirt, so it didn't take too long to hand stitch it!