This time I made View D with the double pleats in the front. Here's the finished skirt:
I put an invisible zipper in this version of the skirt. Here’s a link to the best tutorial that I have found on putting in an invisible zipper - http://thesewingdivas.wordpress.com/2006/11/08/sewing-invisible-zipper/ . There are no puckers when you follow her directions.
I changed the waist from having a facing to having a waistband. I don’t know if I did it correctly but it seems to work. I removed the 5/8” seam allowance on both the skirt and the lining. Then followed the tutorials over Katrina Kay Creations for both the lining and the waistband. Here's the link:
http://katrinakaycreations.com/sewing-tutorials/ . The name of the tutorials are: How to Sew Your Skirt Lining to your zipper by machine and How to Sew a Waistband that will not round or wrinkle.
Here's a peek at how the invisible zipper turned out:
I will definitely be using both the zipper technique and the waistband technique again. The skirt actually turned out a little bit big. There were other mistakes with this skirt along the way. `I haven't decided yet if I will actually wear it. I would not consider this a failure as the techniques that I learned long the way were definitely worth learning. I love knowing how to sew the zipper opening in the lining by machine.
I can tell looking at the picture that the skirt needs to spend a little more time being pressed. I will also need to find a different top. The sweater I have on in the picture definitely isn't the right one.
I did mention that the hemming slowed me down on this skirt. I ended up stitching both the skirt and the lining hems on the machine. The skirt hem is done using the blind hem stitch which took a little bit of fiddling with the adjustable blind hem foot that I have. For Viking owns, that is the clear "D" foot. the lining was just a down hem stitched down. Nothing fancy there. Do you like sewing your skirt hems by hand or machine? Any particular reason.
Overall, I would say that this is a very nice pattern. It seemed to have been well drafted and went together well. I will definitely consisted revisiting this pattern for one or two summer skirts.
Ok, I have one more wintery item left. It will be another experience. If it works out, I will have another top to wear over the next few weeks. If it doesn't, it is just one less piece of fabric in the stash.