After making so many different Courtesy Masks, I finally got the time to clean up my sewing space a little, and that really pushed me to finish up some of the “UFO”s (Unfinished Objects) in my sewing room, including this pink PVC hobble skirt.
Today is the first day of the 2-day Grandmother’s Fabric Sale for 2018! Who will I see down at 5010 Spruce Drive S.W. in Calgary today or tomorrow?
I love this annual fabric and yarn sale, first because the prices are great, the selection is always unique and interesting, and the proceeds go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
In mid-February I posted about a silver glitter circle skirt and a red spandex velvet circle skirt. When I was done making them, I was going to work on another project, but was kind of loving them.. and wanted to add a few more to my wardrobe too.
I did one skirt in a camouflage print knit, and another in a matte PVC spandex. The camo knit is the same fabric I used for a dress in 2016 (I still have some leftover… not sure what I’ll do with it). It’s a fairly thin knit, and the print isn’t quite as bold as I’d like… but it was the nicest camo knit I could find at the time. The fabric was from Fabricland in Calgary.
The PVC is an army/olive green, and has a matte finish rather than the usual shiny PVC. Because of the spandex back, it has moderate stretch, though not nearly as much as the camo knit. I think it was sold for matte PVC leggings; I bought it in a few colours… (and made up leggings in the blue in 2016 as well). The fabric was from Marshall’s in Edmonton.
These ones used the same pattern I drafted – with a 16″ back length and a 13″ front length (tapering together at the sides), no seams, and a sewn-on waistband. This time however I enclosed the elastic in the waistband before sewing the band to the skirt, and hemmed both of them with a twin-needle stitch.
The twin-needle stitch gives a nice professional-looking finish on a narrow hem on the outside of the garment, but because the reverse is a zig-zag, it keeps some stretch. That isn’t so important on a loose skirt like this (which won’t be strained by walking) but is still a good idea for knits.
Since the PVC would mark quite a bit with pins, I used my finest pins sparingly to pin up the hem on the skirt. If this had been a different fabric I could have pressed it or basted it from the wrong side to get an even hem… but this was a good compromise.
I went to a grunge-themed party in late January and since I don’t have any plaid flannel or ripped jeans in my wardrobe (currently…) I decided to go an entirely different way, and looked at the cheerleaders from the Nirvana Smells Like Teen Spirit video.
I was attending a Valentine’s Day themed party, and at the last minute decided that I wanted something red to wear to the party, so I decided to sew up a super-simple circle skater skirt.