Monday, January 30, 2012

My Meringue skirt is completed


I finished my Meringue skirt! I sewed the whole thing up on Saturday night because I wanted to wear it to my friends baby shower on Sunday morning. It's definitely not the most flattering picture of me, but it's the only whole body shot I took.

A close up.

I learned a lot from this skirt. Going into it I was nervous about the invisible zipper which I built up to be much worse than it was. Having an invisible zipper foot definitely made things easier. I was literally finished with the skirt (other than the bottom facings) and zipping up the zipper when it BROKE!! So upsetting! There was no way to repair it, so I had to put in a new one and ruined all my hard work that I had done on the top facings. It looks ok, but not as good as it did before :(

Overall I am pleased with the skirt. I like that it sits higher and I love the fabric I chose. The pivot points  on the scallops were slightly puckered (any tips on this?), so I was feeling a little self conscious about wearing it. At the baby shower a lot of people said nice things about it and made me feel so much better. Plus, no one even noticed the tiny puckers that seemed to stick out like neon flashing lights to me. Why are sewists so hard on themselves?

Did you learn anything or wish you had done something differently with the Meringue? Please share, your input is helpful to those that haven't yet finished their skirts.

I can't wait to see all of your photos! Please upload them to the Flickr group so we can all take a look. I will be posting pictures of some of my favorites later today or tomorrow.
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Schedule for sewing the Meringue skirt designed by Colette Patterns.

18 comments:

  1. I'm glad I'm not the only one with zipper problems... But I too finally made a beautiful invisible zipper!

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    1. Even though I have a book with the best instructions ever it is still a struggle for me. I think I have some sort of mental roadblock when it comes to invisible zippers!

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  2. That was pretty rude of your zipper! Otherwise, lookin' good!

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  3. Your skirt looks very cute! I plan to finish mine tonight.My husband thinks my skirt is short,but I told him I plan to wear it with black tights! I think I will make another one,without the scallops, as I really like how it fits, but the scallops may be a little young for me.(being in the youth of middle age!)

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    1. Thank you!

      I have seen a few of the shorter one and I think they look good with tights underneath. Plus, a little warmer too.

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  4. The scallops look fab. I can't see the scallop issue at all. Your compliments were well deserved, I'm sure.

    Hmm...now I think I need a dark solid colored one, too!

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  5. Very pretty. I like doing Invisible Zippers better than the ones where you have to do a placket or where stitching will be visible on the outside of the garment, those never work out for me...I seem to have more success with the invisible and I try and use one whenever I can even if the pattern calls for something else...Your skirt looks great and not a saggy bottom in sight! ; )

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    1. Hahha!

      I like the look of the invisible zipper, so I want to use them more in the future.

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  6. Cute! I like this a lot-- a wardrobe basic with a twist! I'm looking forward to joining you guys on the Pastille (if I can keep up with the sewalong, that is!)!

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  7. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!! I love it!!

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  8. I finished mine on Sunday night and had the same issue with the little puckers at the top of some of the scallops. My only thought is that it might be due to the bulk of the fabric I used (a heavy-ish cotton twill)? I certainly trimmed out as much as I felt comfortable doing, so there might be no way around it. Still, looking good!

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    1. I used the same kind of fabric! Oh good, I am glad that it might be the fabric choice, not the fact that I am not an expert at sewing! Thanks for making me feel better! :)

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  9. Yay!!! Way to conquer through, despite the zip issue :) We're always harder on ourselves. I think it has to do with a) knowledge of how construction should look and b) staring at something so closely for hours. But when we take a step back, put it in perspective, all's usually good! Can you press out the tiny puckers? Or take a step back girl, and pat yourself on the back :)

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    1. I tried pressing, but no luck. It's ok, I like this one for the most part. Guess I will just have to make myself another one :)

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