This was the third and final item of pre-vacation sewing binge. Added to the queue because it was simple, and because I hadn’t really internalized that the weather would be winter-y and not spring-y.
1. I really like that stupid little folded over fake vent thing that the pencil skirt version has. I bike to work (or did, until my bike got stolen while we were on vacay), and plus I take big strides to make up for my short little legs, so I need the extra circumference. I blew out the photo but it’s still a little hard to see here:
2. Sizing really depends on fabric. With the plastic-y metallic gold of the last skirt, I made a size medium. This is a black medium weight that was sold as a ‘ponte’ on Fabric Mart like two years ago. The heftier weight is totally suitable for a skirt. It feels a little slick, not cotton-y, like lots of other pontes I’ve put my grubby hands on. Here, I used a size small at the waist and graded to an extra small at the hips (I’m 27″ at waist, 36” at hips), staying faithful to that size chart. It falls down a bit from my waist, though, especially with the tights necessary for winter wear. It’s secure around the hips, maybe even a little tight, with a few horizontal drag lines at full thigh. But hey. Negative ease. I’d make just a straight size XS all around next time.
3. Again, with the 5’3”. I SHORTENED HERE 1”. But the pencil hit me in an unflattering spot still, so I chopped 2” off the bottom, before turning the hem under 1”. Any future version would get a 2.5” reduction at the SHORTEN HERE line so as not to cut into the vent.
4. I forgot to take into account that the front and back waist bands aren’t the same height, as I discovered in my last ten versions. Idiot. Repeating here, lest you forget.
5. I constructed the entire thing on my serger and it was awesome for that to be an option. Last time I used two rows of straight stitches with wooly nylon in the bobbin.
6. WHY DO MY TWIN NEEDLE HEMS ALWAYS POP OPEN?
<–hem droopiness after three wears visible at left!
Is it me? Is this inevitable? Is there a solution other than a coverstitch machine (because really, I don’t sew knits often enough to warrant another machine, but I sew them often enough for constant popping to be annoying)? Is there a secret to getting twin needle hems right?