Sunday, February 09, 2014

FO: Skirt Salvage Success! Peggy's Petite Sister

An old boss once likened me to a Highland terrier:  once I get my teeth into something and start worrying away at it, I won't let go...
I sat there last night, knitting away at a sock, with the Peggy skirt in my peripheral vision, taunting me.
I had made such a good job of that zip!
The pockets were bound with the loveliest orange dotty bias tape!
The pleats were so cute!
Couldn't I make it work?  Somehow?

So I set aside my sock and picked up my scissors...

I shortened it by 8 inches.
I tapered away the excess fabric from the side seams, losing about 6 inches from the hips and a total of 9 inches from the hem circumference.
I realigned the pockets to lie flatter.

This morning I finished the hem with more dotty bias tape and attached the waistband.
And pinned the tabs in place - ooh!  I like those tabs!

Result?
There was some dancing :D
I even cracked out a bright lipstick to celebrate the occasion.


Stats:
Pattern:  Peggy Skirt by Bluegingerdoll, heavily modified, approx size 6.
Fabric:  2 metres of organic fairtrade denim from deep stash, purchased from here several years ago.  Absolutely buttery soft but super-sturdy in rich almost cobalt blue - yum!
Other:  metal zip; denim sewing machine needles; orange dotty bias binding from here; scraps of navy and white dotty cotton for pocket and tab linings, from stash; and thread.  I have ordered some navy vintage buttons, but they are not here yet:  hence the pins!

Process:
Already blogged to death.
Much more trouble than it should have been, due to my mismatch of fabric and pattern.

Verdict?

YAY!  I HAVE A PEGGY-ish SKIRT!!


I also have a new pair of Doc Marten Chelsea Boots... shazzam!

Can you tell I am pleased?!


GIVEAWAY
Don't forget I have a giveaway for this pattern!  I absolutely love this skirt but I won't be making another one and the pattern deserves a happy (curvier?) home.  If leaving your contact details on the blog disturbs you, send me an email to:  ruknits at yahoo dot co dot uk
I keep that address for blog-use only, and I sometimes forget I have it, but I promise to look there when the giveaway ends on 14 February at midnight (UK time).  Good luck!

31 comments:

Jenni said...

So glad you were able to rescue this, beautiful finished skirt :-)

K.Line said...

What an awesome refashion. You look beautiful! And that first sentence could open a book. Loved it.

tneifeld said...

Lovely skirt and lovely outfit!

Donna Hensley said...

Good save - celebration is in order! ;)

Ruth Wilson said...

It looks great and well done on your tenacity!

rosylea said...

An excellent conclusion! It looks super, and I really empathise with the feeling that an uncomfortable project has turned the right corner.

Nancy D said...

This looks so great on you I'm tempted to throw my hat in the giveaway ring. Only my body type is your basic brick and I know I couldn't alter as beautifully as you have.

Mary Danielson said...

This skirt looks absolutely wonderful on you! I'm so glad you were able to salvage it.

Maeve said...

You made a super job of the skirt. I'm so glad, would have been a terrible shame not to use the fabric. I'd love to win the pattern as I fit in the curvy section of bodies. maevef@gmail.com. I also love the new boots.

Jen Forsythe said...


Aw, I'm so glad you were able to get the bit between your teeth and produce a great skirt after all. It looks great on you & you still have those great pockets. I have that pattern, have been staring at it on and off, wondering if it's rather full 'hippiness' will work for me. Time will tell.

beate grigutsch said...

thats what i mean - you are a better dressmaker then you think :-)
boots and lipstick are trés chic!

beate grigutsch said...

thats what i mean - you are a better dressmaker then you think :-)
boots and lipstick are trés chic!

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poppyinstitches said...

looks great, love the bias detail!

Lynn said...

Looks lovely and I really really really like the Chelsea boots!! Nice to see the snowdrops!!

jessica said...

Hurrah! It looks lovely on you, a real wardrobe staple! So glad you were able to fix it :-).

Julesy said...

It turned out so great Roo! Looks fabulous! :)

SimpleFibreLife said...

It looks great. So glad you made it work.

Paula said...

Long time reader here - so glad you were able to salvage your skirt! Isn't that the best feeling?

sewstyled said...

Great save and the boots are fabulous!

Janine said...

I am very pleased you have rescued your skirt what with the special fabric and cute bias binding. It looks terrific now and looks like it will be a real workhorse in your wardrobe.

Nita said...

Yay for success!

Nita said...

Yay for success!

macskakat said...

Yay! You saved it!!! :-) Much better. :-)

rosylea said...

I should just say - although really fabulous and all, as I'm a rather similar shape and size to you, I had better withdraw my name from the hat as I don't think my alteration skills are up to that kind of transformation!

Rehanon Mackenzie said...

Well done you for taking control! Looks lovely.

bindu saju said...

Nice skirt.

Lynne said...

Yey!! What a great fix! Your skirt looks fab, and I love your boots.

Louise Perry said...

Great save.

andsewtoknit said...

Aww, it looks great, well done on the save :)

mothersruin said...

Now THAT, my dear, was an awesome save! What a brilliant outcome - and a fab 'two fingers up' to failure! X