It supplements my very well worn (but poorly sewn) New Look 6035/Simplicity 1717 mash up denim skirt made last year.
It's another heavy denim, this time with a bit of stretch. I'm hoping it's a better shape than A-line to wear with the tunic style tops I've sewn recently as the two together tend to make me look like a giant triangle, but I'm yet to really figure out what looks nice with as I've been doing a lot of decorating. Outfits have been pretty low priority. The top below (Simplicity 1920) was the nearest thing to hand.
I don't know where the fabric came from, but as it had writing in felt tip pen on the wrong side it's fair to assume it was one of my early sewing days dubious bargains. At this time of year a lighter denim would have been better, but this is what I had. Still, I will be able to wear it 3 out of 4 seasons. I side stepped the issue of top stitching by not doing any, although I've had some great tips for future topstitching from three different blog-friends which I fully intend to try out. Just not on this skirt.
Pocket linings and waistband facing are made from a sturdy old pillowslip which has a nice pattern on. I've kept the duvet cover too, so don't be surprised if you eventually see a larger piece of clothing with this print!
The pattern is Simplicity 2343. I highly recommend it, it virtually sews itself, is true to size and can be made in a massive variety of fabrics from cottons to synthetic leather (view D), with several style variations. I made view C (without the button and chain thing). This pattern might be OOP now as I've had it for some time. I wish I'd sewn it up sooner. I chose it above my other two pencil skirt patterns because this is a casual skirt and I thought the pockets would be handy for bits and bobs on dog walks.
I used a metal zipper for strength and made a custom zip shield as advised (thank you!). I didn't have any grosgrain ribbon to hand, so I reinforced the facing fabric with a light interfacing and used that instead.
Zip shield tacked and ready to turn over to sew for lapped zipper insertion.
I have no idea if I did this correctly because I made it up. I think perhaps it should be on the other side?l did it so it looks abit like a fly front zipper. Anyway it works and looks fine, although when the skirt was finished I saw I could have made a small improvement by extending the top piece slightly, making a buttonhole and adding a small flat button inside the top of the skirt.
As you can see I've extended the zip to the top of the waistband and missed off the hook and eye. I've found I do not like hook and eyes as a finish at all really and have seen quite a bit of rtw finished this way. With a zip this secure I think it will be OK, but there is just space for a small press stud which could go at the top of the zip shield and be hidden completely inside if not. Of course, having decided to miss it off, I reach for it every time I take the skirt off.
I have a real issue with lapped zipper insertions. Even following my trusted Reader's Digest sewing book (with diagrams) I managed to put it in the wrong way the first time! This is pretty much a standard part of lapped zipper insertion for me. Next time I'm just going to do the opposite to what I want and it should work fine.
How's your May going? Are you keeping your pledges?
Happy sewing, 'til next time!