I've just got back from visiting sunny San Francisco for the first time. Loved it! But then I've never met anyone that doesn't. We did lots of sight seeing, the cable cars, Alcatraz, the sea lions of pier 39, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Top of the Mark cocktail bar. I was also able to squeeze a trip into the four floor wonder that is Britex Fabrics.
miserly sensibly I didn't come out with anything other than these snaps of their wall displays. There were so many attractive dressmaking fabrics, but the ones I liked were upwards of $25 a yard. Too much of a gamble when I'm still prone to making schoolboy sewing errors.
So I virtuously admired the fabrics from afar, while proudly wearing my brand new Kelly skirt. Which is what this post is really about (seamlessly changing the subject, *cough*). My striped denim skirt, made with Megan Nielsen's Kelly skirt pattern.
The denim fabric came from Fabricville, and was a gift from my parents when they visited Montreal earlier this month. I didn't know exactly what I wanted to make with it at first, but after seeing some nice denim versions of the Kelly skirt pattern online I was inspired to order the digital version. It was a great beginner pattern, and came together really quick. I cut size small and didn't make any adjustments. I think it's fractionally too small for me, but it's hard to tell as I don't usually wear high waisted skirts and it wasn't uncomfortable just tight.
|A bit disheveled and windswept after several hours of exploring San Fran|
This was my first time putting buttons on clothes and they went on pretty effortlessly. That is until I came to the waistband. I just couldn't get the buttonhole foot to work for the two waistband buttons. I'm not sure what the problem was. Any ideas anyone?! My Singer would start the buttonhole stitching, but the fabric would stop feeding through after a bit, however much I tried to gently coax it. I'm thinking it was less an issue of the thickness of the waistband (it was hardly much thicker than the main placket), but more the unevenness, as it was quite lumpy at the edge seams. But I don't really know?!
|Looking out towards Alcatraz|
So after lots of wrestling and unpicking I declared defeat and opted to lose the two top buttons and replace them with two inside hook and eyes. This did the job and though it was late at night I rushed on full steam ahead keen to finish. That's when I hit my second problem. In racing to sew all the buttons on I somehow managed to get the buttons slightly out of kilter. It meant that by the time I got to the last one (below) the hem was out by about half an inch. Doh.
I thought my only options were a wonky hemline or the tedium of re-doing the buttons. But living with a lateral thinking Physicist has it's advantages and Mr Fabric Maverick suggested a third option of sewing the last button in the right place and just ignoring the kink this causes. I'm sure this is a cardinal sin in the sewing world!! But I wanted it finished that night to wear the next day. Plus I've not made that many clothes so I still tend to view my projects through rose tinted glasses, amazed I've made anything at all. The odd kink here or there isn't the end of the world for me, and it's a busy fabric which hides it a bit. Avert your eyes now if this corner cutting offends, kink alert below:
|Wrongly spaced buttons, but a straighter hemline than in the previous photo|
While the front isn't impeccable, the back is much smarter and I like how crisp the pleats look in denim.
Maybe in the future I'll get round to properly sorting the buttons out. It's silly really as it wouldn't take very long to do. But now it's already had a couple of outings, without any raised eyebrows from the people of San Francisco, I'm inclined to just leave it as it is. I definitely want to make other versions of this skirt in the future as it's a great pattern and I'll just have to make sure those are not blemished by any late night sewing sloppiness.
|It was a bit windy that day, so my skirt was looking a bit 'Flat Stanley'|
As it is such an iconic and photogenic city, I could now bombard you with our other 500+ San Francisco photos. But I won't bore you, and will just show you this final photo below, as I'm wearing my Sorbetto top so it's vaguely sewing related. Taken in beautiful Sausalito, a short drive over the Golden Gate Bridge from the city, and a great stop-off en route to the gigantic 1000+ year old trees of Muir Wood. Around the corner is the view which inspired Otis Redding's 'Sitting on the dock of the bay', and you can just about glimpse the island of Alcatraz and the edge of the city in the distance. Truly San Frantastic :)
|Wearing my Sorbetto top in Sausalito, California|