So for the final giveaway of 70's week, a wrap skirt. Please leave a comment below and I will send the skirt to a random winner. Let me know what you think about wrap dresses/skirts. Easy to wear or potential wardrobe malfunction? I can come down on both sides of that issue.
The fabric for this skirt is something I found in my stash, I think it is a cotton-linen blend, in a black and white kind of twill weave. Or maybe a lightweight denim weave, I am not sure but it behaves like linen.
I used this pattern which I found at a garage sale. I would come home with armfuls if I did find them since they are often around 25 cents so it is lucky they are scarce. I made the version in the center, and the finished skirt measurements are as follows: waist measure when skirt is buttoned, 29.5 inches. and skirt length from bottom of waistband is 21". Note you can move the buttons a bit to change the waist measurement. I decided not to hem the skirt, so the edge is serged and the giveaway winner can hem to their liking.
A small sewing detail are the tabs on the waistband that provide the skirt closure. I interfaced one side of those pieces, since they would be getting buttonholes, and then drew on the stitching lines with chalk. For any points or angles like this I like to draw with chalk, so that the stitching at the machine is easy-peasy.
However, for the center angle on these tabs, I don't sew those at the 45º angle that is specified because there is almost no way that I can turn that corner and get a crisp point. At the apex of that tab I do one or two short horizontal stitches, and then turn and continue the angle. On the left I did a sample in muslin to show the stitching, and then the finished and turned tab.
A comparison of the tabs, muslin and fabric. I think the skirt fabric one came out better, and that one had one stitch across the top, so maybe that is the answer. It depends on the fabric and stitch length. I always think on these small details a bit of practice and experimentation on scraps pays off.
So leave a comment and if this skirt is not your size - you can have a ready made gift for someone who pesters you to sew something for them !
International is OK, (if you don't mind ordinary and not speedy US mail)
For my previous posts on the 70's and the other giveaways which are still open here are the links. I will draw for all recipients later this week, on Thursday 7/12.
Celebrate the 70's Simplicity sewing book giveaway
Celebrate the 70's Creative Patterns booklet and pattern
Here is today's SunnyGal garden photo - did I show this one already? No matter, as the gardenias bloom all summer and the scent is fantastic.
Happy Summer Sewing, Beth