It is still sunny and I am loving it. I haven't worn jeans in about a fortnight (which is probably a record, or something). I have been wearing me-made dresses and skirts all the time - the Belladone dress from my last post has had 3 outings already so I think I need to sew this pattern again!
But I can't get away from denim for too long. When Sewing Cake released the Hummingbird pattern and announced a sewalong, I decided a denim skirt would be the way to go. I made the t-shirt during the official sewalong at the end of June and then got a bit sidetracked before I could finish the skirt.
I didn't have time to make muslins so just dove straight into the good fabric. Sewing Cake's sizing system for the t-shirt has you pick your bust and waist measurements, and your front waist length in order to draw in your own side seams. I picked a 35 bust, 30 waist, 17in front waist measurement, and I also cut the peplum to exactly the length suggested in the pattern. I was so pleased that it fits great! I suspect I could use a small forward shoulder adjustment next time around but this first attempt is perfectly wearable.
The sizing system for the skirt takes a similar approach - you pick your waist and hip measurement and effectively join the dots between the two. It allows for variation in the waist-to-hip ratio and is more flexible than the "this is a standard size 8, 10, 12" approach. The skirt's design allows you to pinch out an extra inch on each side seam (4 inches in total) and tweak the back darts at the fitting stage so you have some room to tailor it to your personal fit preferences.
I tried out an exposed zipper for the first time, using Wonder tape to baste it in place before stitching (I seriously love Wonder tape).
I added jeans style topstitching...
...and bound the hem with some of the leftover pocket bag fabric. My denim was heavy enough that I didn't want to do a double fold hem, so binding the raw edge and topstitching it in place was the way to go.
I love that is a casual outfit without being slouchy. It accentuates my waist but is still comfy to wear. This outfit is also an absolute bargain. For the skirt, I used an 80cm remnant of indigo stretch denim which cost $7CAD from Fabricville in Montreal, and the exposed metal zipper was from stash (a giveaway gift from Mellie). The pocket bags and hem binding are small scraps of quilting cotton from my stash. The t-shirt is sewn from cotton viscose jersey which I got from Claire at the Birmingham meet up/fabric swap last year. So basically - I paid for a cheap offcut of denim and got the rest for free!
I still have such a backlog of projects to blog, and half-written pictureless drafts in Blogger. But it is Friday and there is wine chilling in the fridge. I will definitely be delving into the fabric stash to prep some pieces for more sewing. I hope that your weekend is sunny and full of sewing goodness.