since part of why i resurrected this tumblr is to write about sewing & what i am learning, i think i need to have a little truth & reconciliation process with the skirt i made.
mistake #1: wiggly stitching on the pocket lining. this was just due to the learning curve on my new sewing machine, figuring out how fast it sews & how to handle the foot pedal. also, i really should have topstitched this, but i just regular-stitched it.
mistake #2: i didn’t sew down the back side of the bias tape. i just didn’t understand how to do it because i’d never used bias tape before. i thought that if i stitched down the tape pretty close to both edges, the underside would be caught in the stitches & hold fast. yeah…that didn’t really work out. next time, i will stitch down the back side like i’m supposed to. it’s not like it’s difficult. the pattern i was using had illustrations for this part that totally confused me but i get it now.
mistake #3: using this dumb shark tooth stitch on the hem. i just don’t like the way it looks. i’ll straight-stitch or topstitch next time.
mistake #4: i sewed the hemline too close to the bottom of the fabric & after the skirt was washed, the folds that hadn’t been stitched down unfolded & started to fray. next time i will take care to stitch the hem a little higher & make sure the entire fold is caught in the stitch.
mistake #5: i used a regular zipper instead of an invisible zipper. this isn’t technically a mistake. i personally don’t really care for invisible zippers. they seem a lot less hard-wearing than regular zippers. but maybe the tails of the zipper wouldn’t be poking out the top had i used an invisible zipper.
mistake #6: so. this was dumb. i was supposed to sew the skirt & the lining together with a 1/2” seam allowance, but i misunderstood & only used a 1/8” seam allowance. as a result, a tiny bit of the skirt didn’t get properly sewn under.
mistake #7: i should have topstitched this.
mistake #8: i don’t even understand how this happened. i thought i had sewn the lining in inside out, but i didn’t. however, the seams where the zipper goes had been ironed backwards. so i had to iron them the right way after the lining was already installed & then stitch them to the zipper. it worked out fine except for at the very top, where the fabric is twisted because the lining was already sewn to the skirt there. i guess i could have cut the stitches & reironed…live & learn, i guess?
all in all, this is pretty damn good for a first try. & now i know a few of the dumb, elementary mistakes to try to avoid next time.