Bonjour mes amis! Well that’s enough of my GCSE French. I’m here to show you my ‘around the world’ challenge for week three of Indie Pattern Month. I’ve not exactly travelled far – just popped across the English Channel (I’m based in the UK) to get my sewing pattern. I chose new-to-me French pattern company Ready to Sew as I’ve been eyeing up the Juliette skirt for a long time now and this challenge seemed like the perfect opportunity to buy it!
I’ve had this pewter coloured pleather in my stash for nearly a year. My original intention was to make bags from it but it was far too stretchy for that so it’s now become a skirt. I fell in love with so many of these skirts on Instagram and wanted to make my own so I dug this fabric out.
The skirt is a short (but not ridiculously so) A-line panelled skirt. I stupidly thought that a short A-line skirt would be a quick and easy sew. WRONG! There are a lot of pattern pieces here that need to be sewn together and each seam has top stitching on either side of it.
There are two versions of this skirt, one with slant pockets and one without. I originally went for ‘with’ pockets, messed it up and then went for without. I think, given this rather peculiar fabric, I made the right choice in the end.
This fabric was particularly sticky which made sewing it up interesting. As long as I had my walking foot attached and a denim needle inserted, then my machine coped with it surprisingly well (my machine has form for not coping with this kind of fabric). I couldn’t use my edge stitch foot for neat top stitching as the fabric just stuck to the bottom of the foot. I had to do the top stitching by eye using the walking foot so I’m a bit wobbly in places. The other problem was inserting the zip. Do you get teflon zipper feet? My zipper foot well and truly stuck to the fabric and it wasn’t going anywhere. I ended up sticking some masking tape to the bottom of the zipper foot. It improved things but not by much and my centred zip is a hot mess!
The other problem I encountered with this fabric was that it just didn’t press. The wrong side of the fabric could cope with the heat of the iron but it made no difference at all , apart from giving off a fishy smell. It smelled disgusting! The right side stuck to the hot iron so I ended up not pressing my seams. I top stitched them open anyway.
So here are a few more pics of me wearing my new skirt…
What is great about this pattern is that it is fully lined which makes it more comfortable to wear (although another reason why this skirt took longer than I expected) and also it comes in half sizes which meant getting the right fit was easy! I cut out a size 42 at the hips down and a 43 at the waist and it fits comfortably.
The down sides is purely to do with the fabric choice. As you can see, despite using a walking foot, the seams have rippled slightly and I can’t press that out. The iron made no difference whatsoever on fold lines in the fabric or ripply seams. Would a bit of steam and a hanging up make any difference do you think?
This, to me, is not a day time skirt. It’s not a fancy restaurant skirt either. I am going to a indie disco night next month where this will be perfect for it! It will be interesting to see how much wear I’m going to get out of this particular skirt although you can make this with denim or corduroy too. Plus, with those panels there are plenty of opportunities for colour blocking. No, I’ve definitely not finished with this pattern!