Two weeks ago, I holed up with my sewing machine to alter an existing pattern for the red sailor skirt. Remember when I said drafting often brings me face-to-face with my own limitations? Yeah. Pattern-perfect but something wasn't working in reality. Maybe fabric.
Eleventh hour frustration and I started again from scratch and traced off the Colette Meringue sans scallops. So here it is.
Too loose? Too short? Too A-line? I don't know. I'm sort of happy with it. The first red skirt went into the Purgatory Pile. And this Meringue skirt I could love if only I didn't spend all my days at offices with nearly covered knees and I could bask in reliable sunshine.
One neat alteration I added was a side button closure instead of an invisible zipper. I used the pattern pieces from BurdaStyle's Ruby Shorts.
Good news is: My mini red wardrobe has really enticed me into wearing more red, whether me-made or not, and I realize how happy warm colors make me. You'll see them lots in these Me-Made photos below!
Me-made LBD 1.0 and cowl. This is a typical travel combo for me: basic knit dress and leggings, colorful cardi, and scarf. Easy to pack and comfy for long rides.
Me-made Victory Patterns Lola! She hasn't been featuring much in my Me-Made photos but once I tear off my day's clothes, I lounge in my Lola and at bedtime slip into my avocado Lola nightie.
Me-Made navy Jalie 3024 in french terry with a cloche made by Jessica of a Yen for Craft. Off to the Maker's Faire!
The Red Meringue has its day. I don't like tucking. I know it doesn't look bad, but it makes me uncomfortable.
Me-made Sunday Morning skirt in denim (70s pattern). On the way to work.
Me-made purple crepe slip dress from 40s pattern.
Not a great day: As an underlayer, me-made tank and cowl. Me-Made May makes me want to fix all the clothes I love, so I fixed the clasp on these capris so I could wear them.
Me-made knit dress from Burda Mag. By far one of my favorite me-mades, so comfy and stylish.
I expect more from my wardrobe, more from my sewing skill set. I'm no longer satisfied with just making a wearable garment. I want to it to be perfectly fitting and well-made and versatile. And yikes, is that hard. I'm afraid I don't have the patience for it and it makes me not want to sew at all. I've been making all sorts of sloppy mistakes lately—logging a lot of seam ripper time.
Maybe I should just stick to knit dresses. They're easy to make and I love them immensely.What about you? Is what you want out of sewing changing?