Here is v1486. A skirt I wouldn't have normally bought, but when Hancock was closing I thought, what the hell. A 20 dollar pattern for like 5 bucks was too good to pass up.
Ok, so this is my first crop top and I wasn't awesome at keeping it pulled down. Oops. I didn't make the top because it had fake sleeves. Sure it covered the shoulders, but the armpits were left naked. I need full 360 coverage for it to be a real sleeve in my book. All the edges were finished with facings and that just seemed like a lot of work for a tiny crop top. I just ordered this one off Amazon.
Finding the right fabric for this skirt was honestly the hardest part. You need it to have a LOT of stiffness and you also need three yards of it. This is actually my test run of the skirt, a wearable muslin if you will. Stiff fabric translates to expensive in my mind so I didn't want to take any chances. I found this pink denim in my stash. Yeah I had three yards of pink denim just laying around. You mean you don't?
What I didn't have laying around though was a light pink zipper, or thread for that matter, and just used white for both.
I had trouble with the zipper because A) I didn't try that hard because it was just a test and I didn't expect to love it as much as I do. B) The denim is SO THICK. It sewed fine with my normal foot thanks to my heavy duty machine, but with the zipper foot, shit hit the fan. The pattern calls for an exposed zipper, but I didn't own one that went with pink that was worth showcasing. This white zipper wanted to be shown I guess and did everything it could to not be hidden.
I do love the big front and back pleats and the pattern called for side tucks. They are hard to explain, but it's like an inverted box pleat where the top half is stitched closed.
It adds a little something since it opens and flows instead of staying flat like a pleat. Also check out the stealth pocket there!
The pattern calls for a raw edge hem, since you are supposed to use like a scuba or something else that doesn't fray, but with denim that wasn't really an option. I didn't add any length I just used a narrow hem, well really I did a rolled hem but it was lettuce city, folded it over and sewed it down. I works and stayed crisp.
Nothing super special about the insides. Since my serger was on the struggle bus with more than two layers of denim, I just serged the edges with the blade off and used my regular machine to sew everything together. Things got super thick with the pleats, if I didn't have adjustable foot heights I wouldn't have been able to do it. I had never needed it before so that was fun to use.
Overall I really really like it. I mean, on paper it's a pink denim high waisted ball gown-like skirt worn with a crop top... but something about it makes me feel really classy and cool, even with a painful flu. I have a super fancy wedding to go to in Sept and I just might wear this.
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