Draped, pleated skirt
The pattern: Vogue 8455, given to me by a friend. I think it may be discontinued now. It is a mock wrap skirt with assymmetrical pleats in the front panels. I shortened the pattern by 6 - 7 cm and tapered the side seams in 2 - 3 cm at the hem.
The fabric: Initially I bought this silk charmeuse on-line to make a slip. It is a gorgeous fabric and drapes beautifully vertically, but did weird things when I draped it on the bias, making it not so suitable for the slip I had in mind. It frays dreadfully in the vertical threads but not so bad horizontally.
People often ask me how I go buying fabrics without seeing and feeling them first. I reckon I have about a 70% hit rate of the fabric turning up as I expected. The other times it may be a different weight, or drape differently or maybe just be not the right colour or be a fabric type that I have never seen before. However, because I buy from good suppliers, (Tessuti and EmmaOneSock are my favourites), the fabric is almost always great and I just add it to my stash for a later project. I need a stash because the fabric available locally is so limited. Probably as many times as I am disappointed I receive a fabric that is so much better than I was expecting that I can't stop smiling for hours. So this fabric was one of my "misses", but the other good thing about buying on-line, is that often I end up with fabrics that I wouldn't necessarily choose in a shop but ones that I love anyhow.
The pattern called for a narrow hem. I don't think that a narrow hem would work for this fabric unles the hem was cut perfectly cross-grain, and being pretty slippery and already sewn into a skirt, I can't see me cutting straight enough to end up with a narrow hem that wasn't rippled. I don't have any farbric left over, so I can't make a bias binding faced hem. I went with a blind hem. The hem depth is about 6 cm, which is a little tricky to turn up on a tapered skirt. Only the blind hem is not so blind, even though I have pressed it. So does anybody have any other suggestions for a hem technique? Perhaps I could just re-do the hem with a finer needle?
Anyway, if anybody is interested, the tops are reviewed here and here. That's the other fun part about unplanned fabrics...trying to work the finished garment into my wardrobe.