The evening of March 10 was an excellent outing. Though I have sewn since I was 12 and made things for many, many people, I have rarely sewed for myself. Thus, though it was odd, I decided I finally needed some fancy things here and there to call my own. I determined to create a skirt out of some copper-colored fabric I had in my collection to wear to Utah Opera's spring production, Elixir of Love, and actually got it done in time. Shocking!
I didn't use a pattern at all for this, just drew one up according to my hip measurements. Now that I have that basic pattern (called a sloper), I will use it to draft other skirts from. I did have to do some finegaling (technical term) to get the darts right (the back of the skirt has elastic in it and the front is flat with darts; also there is a side zip). Fitting things on yourself is not the best method. But, I ended up with something I was reasonably pleased with and, more importantly, that would not fall apart if I wore it. All in all, the evening was a great time.
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