For a first attempt, otherwise known as muslin, it's almost wearable. Almost, because I cut out two identical back pieces, thinking that in a solid woven fabric, the right and left side should look the same. Enter a twill weave. Yeah. Not so much. It needs a close look to my backside to notice, though, so I've actually already worn it out and about. Also, the pleats are slightly asymmetrical. Because I'm a slapdash sewist. But oh well.
|It haz pockez. Also, new short hair.|
The pattern alteration really wasn't all that difficult. I used the "adding a waistband" tutorial on the Coletterie, made it curvy in the front instead of straight, and added two pleats and a pocket on each side of the skirt. Next time, I'd try to get the pleats to lie more at an angle instead of straight down, and change the curve of the waistband a bit.
first Sorbetto, and I hemmed it by hand with some lace tape. Notice the difference in right and left side of the fabric. In my defense, it was an overcast day, and I didn't have enough fabric to cut a second back piece...
Now I'm wondering if I really need an improved version of Meringuity in red corduroy (which I don't have in my stash yet), or if it would be a better idea to wait and see if I can acquire an actual Simplicity 2451 pattern for my next try. It's not a pressing decision though, as I really should pack up my sewing things for the move that will hopefully happen at the end of the month...!
Before I hop to bed, if anyone reading my blog should be in NYC this weekend, I have a recommendation for you! A very good friend of mine, talented singer/songwriter Lili Sommerfeld, is having her first gig in New York this weekend! She's playing in The Path Café (Westvillage) on Friday from 7-8 p.m. and at the Somethin' Jazz Club in Midtown Manhattan on Saturday starting at 9 p.m. Both even have free cover! I could tell you dozens of wonderful things about her, but before I embarrass either of us, I'll just leave you with a video of one of the songs from her album.