Hello, friends! Today I’m feeling exhilarated, giddy, and triumphant (and not just because I stayed up ’til 1:00am hand stitching my skirt hem) because today is the Ginger Party! I can’t thank Sunni enough for hosting the sewalong– if you’re new to sewing or just a wee bit timid, even you will be empowered to make this skirt with the assistance of her excellent tutorials! It was soooo pleasant to work on a pattern alongside a kind and supportive online community.
I really enjoyed this project! I got to try my hand at flat pattern alteration– my hips are one size smaller than my waist, so I cut out the waist in the correct size and graded the skirt pieces down to the smaller size.
I didn’t have to take in the waistband at all. Once I had the zipper properly installed, the fit was snug enough that I didn’t need to do anything else with it (also, it didn’t hurt that the fabric was much thicker than the muslin… I didn’t really realize that I should have made my muslin with fabric similar to the final project… whoops!).
Similarly, I didn’t have to take off any length for my skirt to hit above the knee. Once the waist fit properly, the whole shebang just seemed right!
Can we talk for a minute about hand-sewn hems? Is this something that everyone does? Do you guys do it every time? Cause, seriously, it was TEDIOUS. Trying to shove the needle through double layers of thick twill was unpleasant, and the whole thing took f o r e v e r (granted, that may have been because I started at 11:00pm, but it took me more than two hours!).
I can’t say it enough, but THANK YOU to Sunni and the other participants– what a great few weeks it’s been! I’m still working away on my pink Ginger, so hopefully I’ll unveil that soon!