Oh - hello! Do you have any idea how cold it is out here? It's minus something or other, and I just spotted a neighbour in full Russian-army-surplus garb lurking over the wall, wondering what I am doing out here in a silly little skirt and no coat!
I can't actually feel my fingers any more. I can't operate the self-timer. OK that's it - he's still staring! I am going indoors!So what have we here then, Roo?
Pattern: The Meringue Skirt from the Colette Sewing Handbook
Fabric: Less than 1 metre of black stretch cotton sateen, leftover from my Audrey-inspired trousers, with a tiny bit of navy and white polka-dot cotton to face the scalloped hem
And how is the fit?
Well... the book suggests that a size zero has a 38 inch hip and a 26 1/2 inch waist. That's way too big on the bum and too tight at the waist for me. At that rate I was going to have to cut a size 4 or 6 at the waist and less than a zero at the hip... so I tried measuring the pattern pieces and doing some sums and came up with the cunning plan of sewing a size 2.
It is too big at the waist. Probably by about 2 inches. This is rather frustrating. I was sewing a new skirt to wear to work because I am tired of safety-pinning my drooping waistbands to the top of my tights. But at least I know now - I am a zero in Meringues! (Go on say it - you need to EAT more damned meringues, Roo!)
And the Sewing?
It all went swimmingly at first. The scallops are very well-drafted and as long as you match your pivot points properly, the hem facing lies flat. I followed the advice of other bloggers to trim the scallop edges as far down as possible after stitching, rather than cutting notches into the curves before turning right-sides out. Notches run the risk of fraying fabric, in my opinion. They came out pretty well, if I say so myself!
However, I had a trauma with the waist-facing. The instructions confused me. It was the Ginger experience all over again! As I did not have an invisible zip, I should have ignored the advice on "how to achieve a neat finish", as I ended up with a great fat wodge of mess at the top of the lapped zip, which only got messier when I tried trimming away the excess layers of interfacing / zip-top / facing fabric. Let's just say I will not be wearing this skirt with tucked-in tops!
That's fine, because it didn't cost me anything: all the materials were leftover from other projects except the zip which I think I "won" in a giveaway a long time ago.
And it is perfectly wearable. It is really quite cute in terms of its scallop-iness and its length. And it is black so should go with lots of things... though for the life of me I didn't know what shoes to wear! The Girl says the ankle-boots are a mistake, especially with the cobalt-blue tights (by Mary Portas, in case you were wondering!) Maybe my flat black pumps would be best... if I could find them!
Make the smaller size, in a fabric without any stretch, and add a proper waistband rather than a facing. And yes, there WILL be a next time : )