Jalie Faux Wrap Top, 2910
Butterick Skirt, 5566
Out of all the skirts I have made, I find this one to be a favorite. The only alteration made was to remove 4 inches from the length, which is standard for me.
There are a lot of darts in this skirt! In addition to those you see on the overlay, the front skirt piece has a total of 4 and the back piece has two on each side of the zipper. One thing I like to do when making darts is to decrease my stitch length (to about 1.5 or less on my machine) just as I near the end of the tip of my dart. This helps me to avoid any bubble or puckering there.
I also used an invisible zipper.
You may notice that my overlay is also in the opposite direction as the pattern illustration. I had only a remnant of this fabric and had to flip my pattern piece over to cut out the overlay, making it overlap in the opposite direction. I was so happy that I had enough fabric to cut this skirt out! It took me several minutes trying to figure out the placement where it would all fit.
I love the angle of the darts on the overlay! The pattern has you sew the darts on the overlay on the right side of the fabric, but I didn't do this. I sewed them like normal darts, which I like. To me, sewn the other way would look like you did it backwards! I like style and things unique and different, but I wasn't wanting something that different.
I hemmed the skirt by hand to try to eliminate any visible stitching. You can still see the hem a little though due to fabric type I guess. The suggested fabrics are lightweight garbardine, stretch wovens, lightweight broadcloth and lightweight denim. My scuba knit may not have been the best choice of fabrics because my seams were a little bulky with the layering. In fact, while I was trimming one of my seams, I was careless and sliced a half inch into my fabric. I felt sick the moment I did that! I really love how this turned out and everything was perfect up until then. Fortunately it is hidden by my blouse. I did a quick zig zag stitch to mend it.
Another great top by Jalie! This is a faux wrap top. There is optional stitching in the ditch where one front piece is over the top of the other so it is held securely. I only did about an inch at the top. I did try to stitch the whole seam down, but something just didn't lay right and I removed all the stitching. An inch worth is sufficient in holding the top together for me.
For the bottom hem, I put my top on my dress form so I could get the double layer of the front turned up together. Trying to do this as it was lying flat on the table was difficult.
I should have done a swayback adjustment, but it's not too bad on this pattern. Truth be told, I was tracing and cutting out this pattern while watching an episode of Enterprise and forgot to make any pattern adjustments! I was just zipping through it and had the fabric cut out before I even thought about it. You would think pattern alterations would be second nature by now.
I have had such a busy week with trying to sew in between other things. I also just celebrated my 48th birthday!
Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley