Yay, I’ve fiiiinally got round to blogging this. I’ve been wanting to, but put it off because it doesn’t look very exciting; it’s grey. Still, it was an accomplishment, so I want to record it!
With two Lottie Blouses in my wardrobe, it was about time a Lottie skirt joined them.
I just have to start by saying – this skirt FITS!! Hooray!!
I used a lovely grey wool suiting fabric, which I picked up in a charity shop for about £5 (I think I used just over half, so it was a good buy!) I saw it hanging there and thought ‘Lottie skirt’!
I thought the pattern was good; the instructions were vague in some places – but this did give me a good feeling of pride when I managed to figure out what to do anyway!
Step 3 confused me; there is a diagram of the waistband with a fold line through the centre, but no mention of actually folding it. Then the pivoting step had me flummoxed for a while. I think I did it wrong, because there’s a little line of stitches, which looks silly… (you can just about make it out in the photo below) but this is what was described as far as I can tell!
And the pleat’s insertion was confusing because it didn’t fit properly… another problem with my cutting or the sizing!
Back to the beginning, though – the first hurdle I had to overcome was the fact that my waistband was too narrow. I don’t know if this was down to my cutting, or the pattern.
This was how narrow it was on both sides!
So I cut a new waistband, which turned out to be between sizes 10 and 12 (the skirt is an 8.) If you have made a Lottie skirt – I’ve seen lots of blouses but not skirts! – please let me know if the same thing happened to you, or if it was a mistake on my part – although I can’t think what it could be!
Once the pieces were cut properly, everything went together really well. I’ve never sewn with suiting fabric before, but I am looking forward to using it again. It was thick and bumpy in places, but it didn’t slip and slide about, which I enjoyed!
The biggest problem I had with the fabric was that it was bulky around the waistband area when inserting the zip. I had to unpick and re-sew, a bit further away – so it’s not so concealed for an inch or so. I’m in two minds as to whether it looks too silly or not…
Also, I think I put the hook on the wrong way round! Whoops…. a minor detail, though! At least my seams match!
After my problems with the fit of various garments, I’m really pleased with the fit of this skirt. The waistband sits nicely, without digging in or gaping. The darts work well, and [I think!] the whole shape is flattering.
The only thing I would do differently next time is to shorten it a little at the pattern/cutting stage. The pattern has shortening/lengthening marks on it – but I realised it was a bit on the long side when I was at the hemming stage. So obviously all I could do was hack a couple of inches off the bottom. It looks OK, but I suppose it’s lost the pencil shape slightly.
Once the length was sorted – oh my goodness – I made a really stupid mistake. I’m actually quite embarrassed to admit it. I mustn’t have been concentrating…
Yes, I sewed the pleat together at the hem. God only knows why. So my trusty unpicker made an appearance and with a little bit more work on the sewing machine, I opened it up as it is meant to be!
Now, the only problem I have is that the pleat sticks out a little. I’m not sure what I can do to make it lie flat? Yes, I have tried pressing it (a lot) but it doesn’t work!
Once that’s sorted, it’ll be ready for me to wear to an interview or work… ideally for something craft-related 😛 Until then, it’s hung in my wardrobe for me to admire every now and again.