Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Red Denim Skirt


After many broken needles, I finally finished my denim skirt. Yay! I'm not sure I can ever really learn to love sewing topstitching into denim. Not fun at all! I made quite a mess of it. This, I think can be put down to 1) incorrect tension 2) incorrect needle 3) poorly experienced seamstress 4) lack of machine knowledge. I think I need to take the time to learn a few things before I attempt another one.

The skirt was made using a red stretch denim bought many years ago from Tessuti. I sewed this skirt using Burda 7651. It does have a few flaws - one of the side pockets doesn't sit flat and I stretched the hemline slightly when sewing it. Ah well. Oh, I still need to do a bit more topstitching, but ran out of thread (for the second time).

Red skirt accessorised with blue denim belt ( a 50 cent op-shop find) and a groovy handbag made by my sister for my birthday. You can check it out in greater detail here.

Photos courtesy of my three year old son.

Front view:



Back view:


The back pockets (these bits are my favourites):


6 comments:

  1. You've done well. Are you using a cordonnay needle for top stitching denin? My sewing shop expert recommended this for sewing with thicker top stitching threads and heavy fabrics. Not perfect, but much better.

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  2. It's gorgeous and those pockets make it interesting (in a good way!). Hopefully the stretched hem will shrink back in the wash but I wouldn't have even noticed that if you hadn't said anything. What a great pattern.

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  3. I love what you did with the back pockets. That's so beautiful!

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  4. Hi Bernice, it was a spelling error, but not the one you thought. It is a cordonnet needle. I bought mine from the Bernina Sewing Centre in Chatswood. I'm sure Linda would do a mail order for you.

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  5. Great skirt, especially the pockets! You can learn to love topstitching...very satisfying to sew perfectly even stitches a pefectly even distance from the edge. To avoid stretching, I sometimes lengthen the stitch a little. You can always sew the hem first with regular thread then go over the top with topstitching thread.

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