yay! thank you for doing a zipper by hand! i don't always have the space for pulling out the machine, and now, I won't always have to!Can't wait to see the applique part!
You're welcome Desilu! I know it's time intensive to do it by hand. But, it was the first way people sewed! Gathering oodles of fun inspirational pictures as we speak!
That anchor applique is fabulous!
Quick question: my waistband gaps. I've followed the directions, but the waistband does not sit flush at the very top. Is there any way to fix this?
Sorry this is a really late reply but I thought I'd chime in...You probably need to do a curved waistband instead of a straight one.Personally, I would do a different waistband to the one here. I'd use some kind of stabilizing element - a lot of vintage patterns tell you to stitch a length of grosgrain ribbon to the inside of a waistband like this. Or use 'belting' (hard to find these days - you could probably use strong fusible interfacing). I don't think the felt alone is strong enough to withstand the stresses a waistband tends to go through - it is holding the whole weight of the skirt as well as being around a part of the body that moves a LOT.Here is a tute for the curved waistband - it looks pretty straightforward. I would make one of these just out of regular fabric, not felt. Or felt on the front and regular fabric for the back.http://handmadebyheatherb.blogspot.com.au/2013/09/pattern-drafting-101-curved-waistbands.htmlHope this all helps!!
Thanks for your help! I made this skirt for the absolute beginner, so interfacing might be too much for them. I am doing the video to include interfacing for the plus sizes who have brought to my attention that the felt is giving way.