Skirts are an essential in my summer wardrobe. The other day, I was wearing one that I made a few years ago. It is a simple bias cut a-line, made from fabric I brought back from Hawaii. Since it was sewn for a pre-baby #3 body shape, I decided I could use another similar skirt with a little added room around the waist. I pulled out the pattern pieces and made some adjustments. I’m sure my method of alteration was not the recommended way, but it seems to have worked.
As much as I love my skirts, I have noticed a severe deficit of pockets in the skirts I own. I decided to add some in-seam pockets to my new skirt. Here’s where I really went off the map. I drafted a piece that seemed okay and added the appropriate seam allowance. After sewing one side, I realized that the pockets weren’t deep enough. Hello, seam ripper! I have a love-hate relationship with my seam ripper. Love that I have it. Hate how often I use it.
Anyway, I was about to throw in the towel and sew it up without pockets, but girded my loins and tried again. Success! Next time, I might research the proper way to do in-seam pockets, since mine seem a little bulky. Regardless of the bulk, I do love having pockets.
As for the hem, I took a cue from Liesl‘s Lazy Days skirt pattern. Instead of ribbon, I used a wide, single fold bias tape. Makes for a far more even and cleaner hem than I tend to get by measuring and ironing and measuring and ironing.
I’m guessing there are more of these in my near future.