Well. Not much to say about this. It’s a boring, grey, corduroy skirt (Simplicity 2451).
I would never buy a skirt on the high street because I always think ‘Come on, I could sew that for half the price’. But sewing skirts is just so boring. It’s because skirt-weight fabrics look so dull and worthy in the fabric shop, next to all the exciting printed cottons and silks. Corduroy and wool are the dark horses of the sewing world.
It’s a great pattern- I’ve made it twice before in stretch denim. The only change I made this time was to lengthen the back darts.
In keeping with my new philosophy of making things to last, rather than clothes that start to unravel if you give them a harsh look, I faux-overlocked all the seams on my Bernina. I also topstitched in a yellow/orange colour (which is a bit lost in the nap of the fabric) and added purple bias binding to finish the facing.
Topstitching thread hates me, but I discovered that actually putting in a new, heavy-duty needle helps a lot. I’m so bad at changing my needle regularly! I even keep the old needles after I’ve changed them, in case I have a needle-based emergency and Ultimate Craft is shut. Is that really awful? I know it’s a bit of a sewing crime.
This photo shows the texture of the corduroy much better, it’s was a cheap buy on Goldhawk Road about 3 years ago. I’m really starting to scrape the bottom of my fabric stash, what with being at home all day. I do have some insane orange/yellow/pink batik fabric that is somewhat taxing my powers of garment visualisation, I think that might be my next challenge.
So there you go, boring skirt no. 1 in a series of many (hopefully)! I’m sure you are on tenterhooks with skirt excitement.