Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Cleo Skirt With Side Zipper

This is my third Cleo skirt. Help. I clearly need an intervention. This time, I made one with a side invisible zipper. Rae has a post on adding a zipper to a Cleo skirt if you want to take a look.

I used a cotton drill fabric which I have no memory buying. It's like the past 10 years I was a different person and I woke up and am just discovering all the stuff the other me did. Like buying this fabric.

I started working on this skirt in December last year. Which was unfortunate because December 2019 was when I went through a crazy greedy phase (unlike my other not so crazy greedy phase) and ate waaaay too much. As a result there was a massive weight gain, especially around the tummy. And I was feeling sad about it because I was thinking I'm never going to be able to lose the extra girth. So I did the best thing I could think of (at that time) - I made the Cleo skirt to match my wider girth. It would be my "fat skirt".

Of course I lost some of the girth in January and trust me, I'm not complaining. I was still working on the skirt in January and I could have re cut the waistband but I was too lazy and I also thought it's not a bad idea to have a "fat skirt".  Also I didn't put on thaaaat much weight so I was sure I could still wear it. And I'm right. I wore it out last week and it works. Except I don't really like wearing loose skirts. I find that I have to adjust my waist every now and then. A bit irritating but I'll continue to wear it.

The finishing for the zipper area wasn't as good as I would have liked. The first time I sewed the waistband I did it in one step sewing the zipper to the front and back. The finishing was great but I found it hard to move the zipper as the fabric is a bit thick. So I redid it in 2 steps. First, I sewed the zipper to the front. Then I sewed the back of the waistband to the zipper using a smaller seam allowance to allow the zipper to move.

The finished skirt is 18" long including the waistband. I made the front and back body the same width because I found my previous Cleo skirts look a bit flat on the back.

Hopefully this is my last Cleo Skirt. I should move on to other kinds of skirts.


Barwitzki said...

Fantastic... I think the skirt is beautiful.
I'm sure I have to sew it too.
Thank you for the nice pictures.
Greetings to you.

Projects By Jane said...

Thank you. I think I want to try a longer skirt next time. I don't think I've ever worn a long skirt before. Not sure why.

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