Saltmarsh Skirt

I wanted my first item of clothing to be something quite simple that I couldn’t get too wrong. Of the patterns in the Merchant and Mills book, the Saltmarsh Skirt looked the least intimidating.

The fabric:

I didn’t want to waste fancy fabric on my first sewing attempt, so I decided to use the same old duvet I mentioned before (I have made so many things out of that duvet cover!). This time, I decided to use the brown side of the duvet as I needed quite a lot of material.

The pattern:

I took my time but I found the pattern really easy to follow. In total it took me a whole day to make. Someone on YouTube said they did it in 2 hours – how?! It took me about 2 hours to cut out the fabric. The first thing I had to do was make some buttonholes, which I was comfortable with since making my laptop sleeve. The rest of the pattern looked quite straight forward so I was feeling positive.

The challenges:

I had trouble deciding how to finish off the seams. The book says to overlock the edges but I don’t have an overlocker. I can’t even do zigzag stitches on my old singer (I have a zigagger but it doesn’t work properly). So as a get around I decided to cover the edges in black bias binding. Potentially not the best solution as it makes the seams bulky – if anyone has any suggestions, please let me know! To sew the bias binding I used my Singer bias binding foot (picture below). I was a bit careless and it’s a bit messy in places but its not too bad.

The final result:

I’m fairly happy with my finished skirt (picture below) but I’m not sure I’ll ever wear it. Nevertheless, not bad for my first attempt!

On reflection the fabric was too heavy for this pattern, it needs something lighter that drapes more. I am really pleased with the pockets – I don’t have any skirts with pockets and these are really deep, very practical. Perhaps in the summer I might try making this one again but with a different fabric.

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