Thursday, May 23, 2013

My Image Skirt- Maybe This Will Work After All

Thank you for all the great suggestions in the comments yesterday and today!  Most of the feedback echoed what I already thought about this skirt- it was sitting too low on the hips and it needed to be taken in a bit.

So I snugged up the waist another 3/4" on each side tapering to just about nothing at the point where the pocket joins the side seam, and then on down to the hem taking in another 1/2"  If I made this again, I would just start with the next smaller size, maybe 2 sizes smaller at the waist.

And here is the skirt now:

(Please excuse the wrinkles.  I literally left this thing wadded up on a chair last night.)  The waist band is still not finished, but it sits much closer to my natural waist now.  The skirt is heavy and it still wants to slip lower.  The fabric has some stretch to it, so that doesn't help matters.  I can imagine after wearing this for 8 or more hours, it would start to migrate south.  But I think using a stable fabric for the facing, such as cotton or broadcloth, would help prevent stretching and keep the skirt in place.  It would also reduce bulk in the seams, which would be nice since this fabric is rather beefy.

The side view hasn't changed much.  It's possibly a tiny bit better.  Ironically, the front pattern piece is quite pegged.  The back is almost perfectly straight.  If I made this again I might try angling just the back piece in slightly at the hem.  I took the skirt in about 1/2" from hem to hip, but I was afraid that any more "pegging" would make the side seam angle toward the front.

And finally, the back.  It doesn't look much different, except that the waistline is now in the correct place.

The hem length was another issue.  A lot of the comments suggested raising the hem.  Raising the waist helped somewhat with that little problem.  Unfortunately, I like the hem right where it is in the photos- mid knee- but that's the raw fabric edge!  I added 1.5" of hem allowance to the pattern pieces, but that's apparently not quite enough.  If I made this again, I would add a little length to compensate.  Oh, well.  I suppose I can get away with a narrow hem.

As for whether this skirt works for me, I'm still not sure.  I do find though, that with the waist fitted better and the whole skirt sitting higher on my hips, that I don't mind the unusual elephant ear pockets.  In fact, they feel kind of daring.  Hey, I have hips.  Why not exaggerate them?

So I think I might just go ahead and finish this.  Thank you for all the feedback in the comments section.  You all helped a lot and I appreciate it very much!


. said...

Oh, that´s nice!!

Summer Flies said...

That looks so much better. I love that colour, you have done a great job. I hope it ends up working for you because it looks great.

AllisonC said...

You obviously got some great advice, the skirt does look better now. I have a couple of dresses with pockets that stick out over the hips so I understand your trepidation with it, but you will get used to it - I think the skirt totally works.

Deby Coles said...

Oh YES - that is so much better. I really like it on you now. And you can't beat that color. Great save..

Dk's Wife said...

It looks much better!

Elise Lin said...

I agree, this looks way better! For some reason the exaggerated pockets don't really make you wider when I compare with your other pictures. Maybe because the skirt fits right now?

LinB said...

Oh, Shannon, this looks at least 800 times better than before you altered it! Remember that you can always face the hem, to gain needed length. There are wide hem facings for sale next to bias bindings and blanket bindings in the fabric store, or you can make your own. That way, you need only sacrifice 1/4" to the hem length.