Banded Gathered Skirt

Project Description

What was your source for this sewing project? Other What are you most proud of? Adjusting pattern pieces to (1) adjust width of band; (2) overall length of skirt; (3) side zipper to center back; (4) waistband from one piece with fold to two pieces with seam at top; (5) invisible zipper rather than traditional zipper. I continue to experiment with invisible zippers. This seems to have become an obsession--I want my zippers to look as good as high end ready to wear! I have finally figured out (with help from Roger Hinds of Hinds Lines and Designs in Boston) how to eliminate the "V" spread you get at the top of invisible zippers! Still not 100% satisfied--but about 90%! I put invisible zippers in AFTER the seam is closed--not before as in the zipper instructions! This allows for a much better finish at bottom. Still need to figure out a smoother stitch at top over the bulk of the zipper. I sew on a Bernina. I sewed on a commercial machine at Hinds Lines and Designs and the difference is amazing! But, am stuck with home machine, so must figure out! What advice would you give someone starting this project? Determine the grain you want to cut the waistband on. It calls for a bias cut. I questioned this at the time, but decided to go with the pattern layout. I think it has too much give and would be better cut on the cross grain. I also have a difficult time determining the waistband measurements--the thicker the fabric, the bulkier the waistband. If cut on bias vs cross or straight grain, the give will be different. Suggest trying on a skirt with similar fabric and then measuring band. Since young people wear very few things at the waist, it's hard to find something already made to try on.

What you will need

  • New Look Pattern 6872; scrapes from previous garments (used as a muslin in hope it would actually be worn). Final garment will be wool. Invisible zipper. Rayon lining--it's considerably more expensive than polyester lining
  • but I refuse to sew on something that I can't iron! Lightweight fusible interfacing.

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