Hey, look at that:
I finished a sewing project!
I am very happy - this will count as my second project completed this year, meaning that I am ahead of myself in terms of the four items a year goal. Which in turn means that I might be able to up this to six projects a year! Completing a garment every two months ought to be do-able - particularly as this one is finished in April and not in June.
I did say it was almost completed. There are two issues with this: I should add a tab at the top of the zip. I thought I put the zip in at the right height but there is too big a gap to the edge - it is still wearable though.
Don't ask me why the next photo is upside down, it doesn't matter much for the purpose.
Look how neatly the ribbon aligns "across" the lapped zip! I am really chuffed with that - all it took was a bit of handsewing at the end because it hadn't gone on straight with the machine. I am very pleased with that.
The second issue that I am not happy with is the hem. I might re-do it with my blind hem foot. Just as soon as I identify which one that is (my sewing machine manual is very helpful, - as long as I consult it that is...)
This is my stashbuster skirt. I had about 20 odd centimetre of the grey pin stripe and half a meter of the dark red (yes, it is much more of a red than a pink in real life. I wish my camera could turn the colour to this shade through some kind of magic, but alas...)
I couldn't do anything with either fabric but once I realised that they are the same weight and type (superfine 100% wool), then that gave me the idea to just sew the two widths together. Did I mention that both fabrics were the same width? That's what swung it.
I started by sewing the two fabrics together and then treated it as if it was one piece. I just cut all three pieces and carefully aligned the seam. But it took me a long time to get to today's result.
Here is what it looked like for the longest time:
I need to take a photo of me wearing it.
Once I do that you can see that the seam between the two fabrics hits me at a really odd point on the hips, which is too high up. It looks really odd, trust me.
That made me think that a ribbon would draw the eye down a bit. I think I achieved the desired effect.
I can now wear this (on Monday perhaps?) and will consider it finished for just now. I need to get through too much material to get stuck on one project that was never meant to be the best thing I've ever done - I just wanted to use up two fabrics.
Which I did. So there.