Friday, December 4, 2009

One Hour Wrap Skirt? You've Got to be Kidding!

Over Thanksgiving, my niece and I were looking at a copy of Stitch magazine.  She saw a photo of the Biker Wrap Skirt and suggested that I make one for her.  I checked out the magazine - the pattern was online as a PDF download.  The instructions for the waistband confused me and the pattern printed on 8 1/2 x 11 paper that you were supposed to tape together.  And, there was no pattern for the applique which is why Sarah, my niece. liked it in the first place.

So, I motored over to JoAnn's and bought a pattern and fabric.  The pattern envelope said that it was a One-hour skirt.  Obviously, the person who decided it would only take an hour to sew didn't count the layout and cutting of the fabric, interfacing, seam finishing, and making buttonholes.  Even if I hadn't decided to make my own applique for a pocket (which I made too), it still would have taken me hours.  Here's the pocket:


The waistband was tricky - it wouldn't have been if I hadn't tried to fit it upside down on the skirt the first time....




There are two buttonholes in the waistband.  I had to practice making them - nine attempts before I actually made them on the skirt.  I sure hope this fits Sarah - she can move the buttons to make it bigger or smaller.  Oh wait, I mean that her mother can move the buttons!  Here's the finished product.


No one else is getting a skirt for Christmas - at least not Christmas 2009.  I need to make quicker projects.  I hope you like my Not One Hour Wrap Skirt.

1 comment:

  1. Isn't that the truth - about "one hour" taking ten times that long! Anyway, I love your skirt (or, I mean, Sarah's skirt). The color choices are great, and the use of the print for the waistband, which contrasts with the solid for the body of the skirt, is delightful. But my favorite part is the applique featuring a star-shaped button which forms the center of the spokes. I'm glad I discovered your blog!

    From your cousin

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