Monday, March 05, 2012

Almost a win - the Vogue 2869 red skirt

I planned to kill two birds with one stone when I sewed this red skirt.  You see, I've been terrible about keeping up with The Sew Weekly challenges. As much as I used to think I was Superwoman and could do it all, I've gained a lot of wisdom as I age and well, life sometimes takes priority over sewing.  Can I get an amen?

When I saw one challenge was to sew something red for Valentine's Day  and another was to sew a UFO I knew my little red skirt fit the bill.

I had cut this baby out a few years ago and tucked it away when I discovered I didn't have any red thread.  Who does that? Not stock something as basic as red thread?  Me, apparently.  

I went onto other projects waiting for a thread sale - because why pay full price if you don't have to, right? - and when I began sewing it again only to discover it was way too big.  By then I just wasn't that into it anymore so I folded it up and put it back in the closet.  Until a few weeks ago.  Unfortunately it was no longer way too big - only a little bit too big - so the adjustments were pretty simple.

As I was sewing the skirt I thought "I love this fabric!  Why did I wait so long to sew this skirt?" And promptly wore the skirt as soon as it was completed.  Cute, huh?

By the way, the pattern is Vogue 2869, an out of print (OOP) Alice + Olivia skirt pattern.  As you can see those horizontal lines are supposed to be there.
 The horizontal lines are created by the ruching along the side seams.  The sides seams are gathered and the gathers are held in place with ribbon sewn on the inside seam allowance. 
I was pretty pleased with the skirt when I was done. And I love the feel of this skirt when I wear it.  It's a medium weight stretch wool that was a dream to sew with. While I love wearing it, the red color came off on my favorite cami so I'm a bit bummed about that.

While I really like the skirt,  it's not quite a win as there's an issue I didn't take into consideration.

This skirt is designed to be TIGHT.  It needs to be tight so the ruching stays horizontal.

If the skirt is not tight this is what happens.

Yep.   The skirt dips in front.

Well, if you've read my blog for any length of time you probably know what I'm going to say next. 

I hate tight clothes!  There's no way I would ever wear this skirt if it was a tight as it needs to be for the design to work properly. 

So that makes this almost a win.

And I didn't finish the skirt in time for The Sew Weekly challenges either.
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  1. It's a cute skirt and style. Glad you finished it.

  2. Anonymous2:28 PM

    That's great that you got a UFO out of the way. Love the skirt and the style!



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