Thread: From stash
So it was that I began this project filled with concern. I carefully measured myself from where my waistbands sit to the middle of my knee. I added two inches to cover mistakes in measurements.
The resulting tube from the bottom length looked like it would make a nice infinity scarf once the raw edge was hemmed. I put it aside for later.
So I cut off the too-narrow part at the hips and made the skirt even shorter. I ripped out the lingerie elastic and sewed it to the new waistband. Now the skirt fit nicely, but was so short that it barely covered my backside. I considered hemming it nicely and putting it in the donate box so that it could be a skirt for a small girl, but what child that short is as wide as I am? Then I thought about using the skirt as a slip, but I need the slip part to be on my thighs to keep skirts from sticking to my bike shorts that I have to wear underneath, so this skirt was too short for a slip. What to do?
I took the discarded length that I had hoped to make into a scarf and sewed it to the too-short skirt, using French seams to keep the raw edges from unraveling. I was running out of black thread, and can't afford a new spool, so I used a contrasting color for the wrong-sides-together seam. It worked well and in the finished seam you can't tell that the thread is a different color.
I would like to be able to look at something, visualize the end, and plan out all the steps, but I'm more visual than that. I have to do and see each step before I can understand how each alteration will affect the garment and what needs to be done next to get the results I want. I hope that with practice, I will learn how certain techniques affect different projects and then I can have a greater number of successful projects. Until then, I resign myself to numerous frustrating learning experiences and try to keep in mind this quote found through Already Pretty.