Over the week, I finally sewed in the zipper and was reminded of several things. Yes, I do need to read the instructions before putting in the zipper. And yes, I should actually understand what the instructions mean. For some reason, my mind wasn't grasping the meaning behind the words and I sewed all of one side, getting annoyed that the zipper foot kept pushing the zipper out of place before I realize that those grooves in the bottom of the zipper foot are meant to go over the zipper teeth so that the stitching can get much closer to the teeth and the zipper will stay in place while sewing. When I re-read the directions, I saw that this very information was printed right there. Now, I think I knew this before, that the zipper foot goes over the coils, but somehow forgot it. Hopefully, next time I put in a zipper, I will remember this handy piece of information.
The skirt sticks out a little where the zipper ends and the normal seam begins. I understand this is a common problem, but don't remember how to fix it. Also, this is a very casual skirt. I doubt I will wear it out of the yard, so it's not worth my time to fix it.
As for the waist, I had some scrap twill-like tape that I pieced together and sewed ¼-inch from the top on the right side of the skirt. Then I folded the tape over and stitched it down to enclose the raw edge of the waist. It's not the best waist finish. I had a few tucks where the skirt was too curved and it gapes a bit in the front, but over all this finish does the job.
Weeks before I started this skirt, I used the same light grey sheet to make a muslin for a tunic. The sleeves were too tight, so I made the shirt sleeveless and "embroidered" it. I think it will be a good lightweight tunic for the humid summer, nicer than a t-shirt, but still casual.
If I wanted to dress like a department store mannequin, I could wear the skirt and tunic together. They are from the same fabric and have the same color contrasting thread. Even the "embroidery" is similar.
Now that I have these hot weather clothes ready, it turned cold again. Warm sun, where did you go?