The Perfect Fit (for a Lego Damsel…?)

So, following the wonderful advice from lovely readers and sewing forumites, I have deconstructed the skirt and basted back together to try and get a better fit. Basically I have pulled it up and taken in the side seams (more at the hips than the waist). I have only basted, so excuse any tatty stitching, dangling threads and what-have-you 😉

Here’s the front:

front of skirt

The side:

side of skirt

The back:

back of skirt

It definitely is a better fit. It may, in fact, be as good a fit as I am going to get for this particular skirt pattern.

However, I’m still not convinced about the A-line skirt on my lacking-in-any-womanly curves figure! It just makes me think of a skirt made out of Lego bricks, like this lovely damsel Gman kindly photographed:

lego damsel

My mum thinks it would work better in a more draping fabric. She’s probably right, but not sure whether to try that or go for something completely different!!

In any case, my next sewing project is going to be a top. A nice, floaty top which will hopefully fit first time 🙂 It will be made from some broderie anglaise from my late grandmother’s (extensive) stash, so again is low risk. What do you think?:

M5050 with fabric

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16 thoughts on “The Perfect Fit (for a Lego Damsel…?)

  1. Angela says:

    It looks cracking! I can see it with a figure hugging roll neck (turquoise) and boots for the winter and you will have a very retro 60s look to show off your lovely skinny malinky figure and then throw on some flip flops for the summer….

  2. textileshed says:

    It looks really lovely! It’s the only kind of skirt that looks ok on me, by the way – in this length or down to the calves. I think once you have nailed this pattern, you just look out for nice fabric stick to this fail-safe solution. And I agree with the above suggestion, this shape is versatile – great for summer and winter. You can sew a plain skirt and wear it with funky tights and tops…

    • vivjm says:

      Thank you – I think I will try making the skirt in a fabric with a pattern that is a little less BIG, to see if it works better for a shorty like me. I do think it will be a versatile pattern to use, once I get to grips with what fabrics work best. It’s all a learning curve and I love learning new skills 🙂

  3. oanh says:

    Hey! It looks great! Fab job.

  4. The D Clan says:

    You, my darling sister, love absolutely stunning in this skirt. I love it. I think it looks GREAT on you 🙂

  5. NatashaMay says:

    It looks more clean cut now. Great job! 🙂

  6. Ben Naga says:

    Well done. And now … the sky’s the limit! D)

  7. prttynpnk says:

    I like it! It isnt turning you into a human bell and I love the print!

  8. Gjeometry says:

    ha ha ha. I do love Legos, but don’t really want to look like one. But, I always thought that A-Line was supposed to either add curves or disguise them, good for both. I made an A-Line skirt (check here: http://gjeometry.com/2012/12/29/easy-a-line-skirt/ ) and have no curves at all, but am now nervous that I look like a Lego person in it. What do you think? Yay or Nay? Personally, I think yours looks very nice on you, adds some curves.

    • vivjm says:

      Ah, I don’t think you look like a Lego person in yours :-). It looks lovely. I think your fabric choice was probably a lot better suited to the A-line shape than mine was – maybe I will give A-line another shot, but in something a bit drapier and swishier, d’ya think?
      I’m always after ways to add more curves 😉

      • Gjeometry says:

        Ok, thanks! Well, my fabric had the kind of pattern that went across the grain instead of along it, so I actually had to cut it so the cross grain was vertical. Maybe this helps in letting it stretch downward instead of stretching side to side. Also, I think the pattern going up and down the skirt lets your eye move up and down instead of across, so that likely helps with calming down some of the Lego effect 🙂

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