Today I made something for myself. I bought this fabric and pattern weeks ago which is not unusual for me unfortunately. This time, however, I had gone shopping with a girlfriend. When I saw that she had already made her skirt in a similar fabric over a week ago I admit I was jealous and determined to make mine asap! I woke up and started sewing immediately. My whole house was still asleep and I quietly grabbed a coke zero and started sewing before even brushing my teeth!
The first area that you sew is the back and the invisible zipper, it had great directions I must say. This is the best invisible zipper that I have ever installed.
She does say to use an invisible zipper foot, which I did have, but I can't imagine that a lot of people have one of those. It worked great! If you sew clothing with zippers a lot, you should get one!
When I finally finished the back, I held it up to myself and found that it seemed small! Yikes, then I was worried about it fitting.There isn't much room for altering it with the pleats, only in the side seams.
I decided to construct the front using smaller seam allowances than the 5/8 it called for. I made a medium and I wear a size 6 usually, sometimes a 4. It only goes to an XL, so I am not sure it would fit someone much bigger than a 12. It ended up fitting just right by adding 1/4" to each pleat seam in the front and I kept the 5/8" in the side seams. I actually shortened it 3" also because it has a 19.5" finished length which is long for a person of 5'2". I want to wear it with boots! I think I will do just that, tomorrow.
HAPPY SEWING ;)