You may have heard me say things lately like "I'm going to make a pencil skirt", and 'I can put a zipper in, no problem'. If I'm going to be truthful, I figured I would TRY to make a skirt and throw it away because it would never fit and would look terrible.
It never, ever should have worked. I started out like I knew what I was doing (let me say here that I have known, in the past, how to do this - my mother taught me to sew - and sew well - when I was younger, but I haven't made actual clothes for years. And not usually without some help). I bought a pattern, only to realize it didn't have a kick pleat in the back. And thinking I actually had a clue, I just put one in anyway (HERE is the website I used for the kick pleat.) This lead to me basically re-vamping the entire pattern - I had to change the seams from 2 side seams to add a back seam to accommodate the pleat, and then put the zipper in the back seam instead of the side. That meant the whole facing had to be re-worked.
And it was just a tad to small, so I had to tear out all the seams & make smaller seam allowances.
My zipper isn't great. I need to practice some zipper work.... and then I even had to hem it. By hand. I knew the fabric wasn't the best choice - it's a little light weight & could use a lining, but it'll be fine for wearing around the house this summer.
is it perfect? no. do I like it? YES! I will absolutely be making another one!