I did it!
I sat down and re-did the hem of this stash-busting skirt. As a hand-stitched blind hem.
How do you like them apples?
It didn't take me very long at all - just a little time at a crafts meeting on Sunday afternoon. You sit and chat while you stitch away at something like this... and almost without realising: you're getting it done.
To be completely honest: I can't quite believe that I was able to do this within a day of completing the rest of the skirt. And blogging about it.
The thing was that I still had this skirt (and its ugly hem) on my mind after getting so far with it, finally, but not in a way that I was particularly happy with.
I forgot that I basted the top edge by machine (for guidance) and didn't realise why this area was looking so ugly. But once I had taken this stitching out - the whole skirt started to look quite good to me all of a sudden. A nice surprise.
But I didn't like the machine stitched hem that I did in a sudden flurry of annoyed thinking: 'oh I'll just get this fardling stupid hem done quickly' - and it showed.
It looked out of place: the stitch length was too long and the colour a bit off. It made the skirt look cheaper. This is much better. Not perfect by any means, but lots better.
And overall I am now much happier with the general standard of sewing on this project. I feel like I am improving in technical skills and generally getting better at this sewing business. It feels really good.
I was going to use my blind hem foot on my machine but knew that the hem was uneven on the inside. I just didn't fancy trying to sew this with the foot and failing. I do believe that doing this by hem was quicker and much less frustrating than the other way would have been.
I am not sure if I will do the tab at the top of the zip - I think it looks alright as it is: the opening makes a bit of a V-shape and I like the look of it. I can change my mind later if I reconsider.
Overall I am much more happy with this skirt now than I was for quite a while. I didn't make much progress for a long time and I am guessing that it was because I started to dislike the skirt. Things don't half drag out if you don't feel like them.
But now it's done and I am pretty happy with it.