I made another skirt. This one is from Sew Everything Workshop, a book by Diana Rupp.
This is a great book for the beginning seamstress, replete with information, tips and projects. I was looking for a wrap skirt and came across it via this tutorial by The Seasoned Homemaker. It looked promising, so I went to Indigo and bought the book with a gift card from one of my thoughtful students (her parents, actually!).
There are more instructions than this, obviously, but the photo shows the thoughtfulness of the writer in producing a spiral bound book that can lay on the table. The blue pocket contains the patterns for all of the projects, so the book is not completely flat on the left side!
The skirt is quite simple to make. There are only four pattern pieces: front, back, front waistband and back waistband/tie. I do find it odd that the front is cut on the fold, rather than the back. This means that the bands are tied toward the back of the skirt. In future, I would cut the back on the fold and two fronts instead, to have the ties toward the front of the skirt. I do like that there is a pass through in the side seam of the waistband for the ties. It looks neater that way, and eliminates the need for securing with buttons on the inside of the skirt.
I like this skirt, but I would like to redo the hem. I used a cotton suiting, which is too heavy for the narrow hem I made. I liked the length, but it needs a deeper hem, which I will have to do by hand. It will not reduce the length by much, as it hits just below the knee at present. Ah, the advantages of being non-tall!
Great skirt, great pattern! I used the tutorial, even though the instructions are terrific. The tutorial just had more images that clarified some of the steps. The pass through, in particular, takes some thinking to get right. This particular skirt was actually a test for me. I really like wrap skirts and have some other fabrics here (and in Buffalo!) that I am considering for wrap skirts. I like the style and ease of wear of this type of skirt. I see more wrap skirts in my future.