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Monday, 15 July 2013

Gave 'em the slip

OK, I didn't give anyone the slip but I did make a slip! And I just didn't have a better pun.


It was pretty straight forward, since I had an old slip that didn't fit anymore. I just copied it, did a swayback adjustment and added a whole bunch of room in the hips. On the bias! I don't usually make stuff on the bias so I stay stitched the whole thing before cutting it out.

I also usually don't use polyester and boy did this remind me why I hate polyester. Yuck!

Anyway, I just edged this baby with bias tape and made my first hand rolled hem.


Yay, undergarments!

In other news, I spent about $12 on more thrift store fabric.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

The Badly Proportioned Figure

The fit of my skirt draft seems to go from bad to worse. I just can't get it to fit properly over my seat.

The first basted version of my skirt, I thought, had a waistband that was too large, so I didn't even bother posting about it before taking it in. Here is the first basting.




And here are photos of my most recent attempt, with a different dart configuration on each side to compare.


I'm still getting the vertical wrinkles just above the fullest part of my bum, but it fits the largest part of my seat and in the small of my back. I don't know how to get rid of this extra fullness! It seems like the maybe the darts need to be shaped differently? I've already made them fairly shapely, bowing the legs of the darts to be more anatomically correct. Maybe I need to change the side seams?

I was hunting through Cutter and Tailor and found this post of a book that had a small section about fitting a skirt to my type of figure ("large back hip measurement and a small back waist"), which is where I got the idea to use the three parallel darts, and where I came across the sentence "The result will bring further emphasis upon the pattern of the fabric and will reduce the obvious appearance of the necessary darts required to shape the fabric to the badly proportioned figure". Wah! I know my figure is difficult to dress. It's hard to shape a flat piece of cloth around curves. But I can't help how I'm shaped! I eat healthy. I exercise (my butt and thighs only get more prominent with exercise). My mom has the same figure. My sister's pretty similar. This is just how my body is.

Pretty much the only time I'm unhappy with my figure is when I'm trying to dress it nicely, which is almost all the time.

So I don't need any reminders from some stuffy, misogynistic douchebag that I'm not everyone's ideal body type.

Wow, OK, got a little off-topic, there.

I'd really love to have a skirt that fits properly. I pretty much have nothing to wear to work right now.

On another note, I spent $70 on jeans (I don't want to talk about it) and $60 on fabric that's in the mail. I don't know why I'm buying more fabric. I can't seem to get anything accomplished these days!