Wowza, it’s been a crazy week around here. Hence, blog silence.
I’ve been busily trying to finish up my Gabriola skirt as part of Sewaholic.net‘s sew-along, but that came to a screeching halt when I threw my neck out and couldn’t look down at my sewing machine. Actually pretty much everything came to a screeching halt. Which was bad, since I had a birthday party to plan (Sadie turns 2 today, and her party is Saturday), and my in-laws were on their way to stay with us for a few days. So once I regained a little bit of movement I had to go into hyperdrive to get everything done. And lucky little Sadie got to watch Frozen. A lot.
Anyway, the good news is that last night, with my house nice and clean, the birthday party prep all done, and my in-laws happily settled in, I put the finishing hook and bar on the back closure of my skirt! Ok, two hook and bars, because just one was making weird little pulls and it looked horrible. I’m so so happy with it and can’t speak highly enough of how wonderfully this pattern is made. Even I couldn’t manage to totally screw it up. I mean, the usual pilot error was of course still alive and well…There is a mysterious small hole near one of my side seams (I’m blaming my rambunctious serger for that one), and I guess I didn’t place my (first ever) invisible zipper quite high enough, so there is a bit of a gap above it.
All that aside, the skirt was an absolute blast to sew up. I had to take in the hip area a little bit to fit my petite frame, and had a little false start with the hemming (I was gonna get all fancy and do a rolled hem, which normally I kick butt at, but this time my rolled hem foot said, “HECK no…your lousily-chopped-1am-hem is all ragged and I WON’T fix that foolishness.”), but I think, having learned a few good lessons, I might just have to make about ten of these before June hits the city.
This was my first time participating in a sew-along, and I loved reading other sewers’ questions and the great tips that were given. It also was really nice to have just a few steps per post, with the posts being every other day. It kept me from hurtling into my normal breakneck speed, where I kind of go into crazy mode until I’m done with a project. This felt so relaxed…
Here are a bunch of photos of my finished skirt, with me doing my best impression of a warm person who doesn’t need a coat because obviously it’s a warm day in the middle of a warm summer in a warm city. Not bad, huh? That’s why I get paid the big bucks kids. (snort)
(all photos by Mercer Street Photography)