I finally got round to completing my first skirt for the Love What You Wear Project! An A-line skirt, made following Butterick pattern B4461. Yes, it could do with a good press 😉
Here’s the front:
and the back:
and look – it even has a zip!
Making this has made me really appreciate how much work goes into making even a simple garment, which has made me even more determined to avoid buying cheap, fast fashion. I have also learned new skills like:
- transferring pattern markings using tailor’s tacks
- sewing darts
- inserting a zipper
- constructing a faced waist
That’s the good news!
The bad news is that, frankly, the skirt doesn’t suit me at all. The A-line shape is probably flattering on someone taller and curvier, but does not suit my figure. And I don’t like the way the fabric drapes either. I am still pleased I made it though, because of all the things I have learned. But I think, before I make any more clothes, I am going to have to have a long, hard think about what sort of clothes I really like and what suits me. This dressmaking lark really is the opposite of fast fashion! But I think that I will end up with fewer clothes, but more flattering clothes, so that’s got to be worthwhile, right?