Sunday, May 15, 2016

Adventures in Garment Sewing Burda Style Princess Seam Pencil Skirt

I been bitten by the #memademade apparel sewing bug.  My GoGoKim Instagram feed has full of beautiful garments that people have been stitching and I just could not resist any longer!  Sewing clothing is a new way to use the skills I have learned from years of piecing and quilting and learn more skills that will help me to possibly overcome obstacles in seeing other projects.  The bonus to this challenge is clothing that are made custom to my shape and style.

I happened upon a fantastic apparel fabric at Joann Fabics that was a beautiful array of eye popping flowers!  There was only a little over a yard left but being the fabric junkie that I am,  I needed to have it even without a project in mind. I am sure you will agree with me that this was a must buy :o)



I remember that the Burda Style Princess Seam Pencil Skirt did not require much yardage and what better way to use this vintage looking fabric than in a classic pencil skirt?


Although I am different pattern sizes in my waist and hip area and will always need to make adjustments, this pattern is easily adjustable from the two side seams. This one needs to be taken in another 1/2 inch to make it fit like a glove.



Rather than pressing turning and stitching, I decided to try a Blind Stitch Hem.  I have never attempted to try this hem style but being an adventurous girl, I thought what the heck...I can always grab Jack ( the seam ripper) and rip it all out if need be.

Happily, Craftsy has a youtube video featuring Angela Wolf sharing how to make a blind hem stitch!



It took me a few tries on my Bernina 440 but I think I have gotten closer to understanding how it works.  I used the #5 foot and shortened my stitch width. I used Aurifil 50wt thread in 2600 to help hide my stitches.  It melts into quilts, so I figured it might also melt into hems.  I am still figuring out the perfect combination and have a long way to go before I will be completely comfortable with this technique.


Instead of choosing a boring zipper, I thought a POP of color would be fun for this skirt.  This zipper was the exact color of the flowers  so I was certain it was meant to be.


The Burda Princess Seam Pencil Skirt will be made many times more now that I understand how to quickly sew it together.  I will be practicing the Blind Stitch Hem on some scrap pieces and am looking forward to using it in hemming pants too!

2 comments:

Sharon Tucker said...

OMG! Kim, Thank You!!! That video on how to do a blind hem was just what I needed right when I needed it. I'm packing for a business trip tomorrow and realized the hem in my pants had come out :-o I followed the instructions and voila'...it worked :-D I love when that happens!!

Your skirt is fabulous btw...

Go-Go Kim said...

YAY! I am so happy to have been able to help out! The video is brilliant! Have a wonderful trip!

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