My third sew not buy project was to be the easy sew short skirt from the 2nd Great British Sewing Bee book. This is a very basic pattern with an elastic waistband. I’ve had the fabric that I wanted to use for a while, a quirky print of tape measures in oranges, browns and creams. I haven’t tried any of the other patterns from the book and this one didn’t even require a pattern, just some basic measurements. However this was where this simple project started to go wrong – the diagram and the measurements weren’t right.
Easily rectified however I carried on, a little worried at the large amount of fabric I was cutting out! I followed the instructions in the book to a point, however I then decided to follow my instinct and improvised a bit, gathering the fabric to add the waistband to the main skirt as there was just too much fabric. I have to say, I wasn’t impressed with the pattern or the instructions for the following reasons:
– the fact that the diagram was wrong, quite a basic mistake that should’ve been picked up in the proof reading stages before printing
– the width of the elastic stated for the waistband was too wide and I had to trim it with scissors in order for it to fit in the casing. I had followed the seam allowances exactly so knew it wasn’t my sewing!
– it never mentioned anything about trimming the length of elastic. If left the skirt would be huge and there would be no stretch in the elastic.
– a lot of prior knowledge or intuition is assumed, not great for a beginner!
As I was sewing the hem I already hated the skirt. I wasn’t happy with the finish and knew it would look like a tent, not a flattering fit at all