I’m back! Who knew this would work out to be a post-every-two-weeks thing? Not me. For some reason, I thought sewing clothes, taking decent pictures of myself wearing said clothing, and preparing coherent text to accompany the photos would be SOOOO EASY. I’ll have to post twice a week just to keep up with my makes! HAH. Well, I guess the job gets in the way sometimes. And now that Ramadan has begun, I have realized that I have very little patience for complicated projects and fiddly fabrics when my blood sugar is low.
Here is the second completed project on my summer list: a Megan Nielsen Cascade skirt done up in a fun cherry print rayon challis. You may recognize this from the Gertie line of fabric at JoAnn’s. Although I like the vintage look on other people, I’ve never really loved these kinds of prints for myself. Nevertheless, I found myself perusing the selection in the store one day and decided I needed 3 yards of this fabric. It’s very hard for me to turn away from a cool rayon print. The turquoise background and red cherries really pop!
Initially I wanted to use this fabric for an awesome wide-legged jumpsuit. Sadly, I did not have nearly enough fabric. My 3 yards shrank into 2.5 after washing and trimming some off-grain edges, but I wouldn’t have had enough even if I hadn’t lost that little bit. Ah well, my jumpsuit dreams will have to wait.
I then turned to my pattern stash (mostly digital) for ideas. The Cascade skirt jumped out right away: drapey, flowy, and total summer vibes. There are only 3 pattern pieces, but man oh man are they big. I managed to fit the main skirt pieces neatly on my yardage, but I had to piece together the tie-front waistband (version 3). Luckily the print is pretty busy and the ties are soooooo long that my six or seven seams are not noticeable.
The insides are French seamed – guys, there are only two seams. Piece. Of. Cake. The hem is another story. It feels like it goes on for miles. The instructions carefully guide you through a narrow hem. It’s actually pretty easy, but it means you basically stitch the length of your hem three times. It took me the better part of 3 hours, including breaks to complain to myself about how long it was taking. I’m glad I’ve learned how to do it, and I feel like it is a skill that will come in handy later on. I still love that nifty rolled hem feature on my serger, though. If I had matching thread I probably would have used that instead.
It’s a wrap skirt, so I didn’t worry too much about fit. I sewed up the size L and the cross over section hits in the right spot. I decided to interface the center part of the waistband, but it feels very stiff now. Maybe it will soften a bit after a few washes, but I think my mistake was interfacing the entire width of the waistband (it’s the fold-over type). Next time I may skip it or just interface the outer half.
I love this skirt and hope to get a lot of wear out of it this summer. The only complaint I have is that it has a tendency to fly up in a gust of wind . . . or while running down the stairs too quickly. And it is a wrap skirt, so this could be a problem. Maybe I need to make a body suit to wear with it? Or am I worrying too much?