Dee Skirt: Crisis

I can’t even post a picture. It’s too horrible.

I made a mistake – the front yoke┬áis supposed to be DOUBLE the size it is! You are supposed to have placed it along the fold. Well. I didn’t.

SO I sewed two front yoke pieces together. Because of the ease, they are smaller than the back yoke.

So the seams don’t align.

AND there is a hole at the front (yeah..) and the two sides where the yokes connect.

Also, I did not understand what “undersewing” meant, or how to do it with fabric that frayed when you touched it, so the inside of my skirt looks NOTHING like the tutorial I posted earlier from youtube.

Also, I measured myself wrong. I thought the waist was where I wanted the skirt to sit – you know, where the top of the skirt should be. It’s so so so not that. The waist is where you bend, the smallest part of you under your chest. It does not refer to where the waistband of your skirt should be. So my skirt waist is about three inches larger than I am. I can put it on and take it off without opening the zipper.

AND my smart ass decided to “undersew” the hem of the skirt. Apparently you can’t do that with a circular skirt. Because of the extra fabric.

Here’s a video explaining what I did wrong. Wish I’d seen it BEFORE I made such a huge mistake.

I’m glad I’m making a “midi” skirt. By the time I’m done, it might be a “mini” as I work through it and fix all my problems. And rehem again and again and again.

To fix my mistakes, I did the following:

I ran a line up both sides (an inch in on each side) and then “undersewed” both seams.

This means I spent most of last night IRONING, basting, sewing, picking out the wrong basting and sewing, and then redoing it.

To clean up the dirty seams, I learned what undersewing is. Imagine a bunch of pieces of paper. Loose paper. On one side, you sew it. This is the binding on your book. Now, open the book. IRON it open. On the right center page, fold the page in half, and tuck the right half of the right page under the left half of the right page. Do the reverse on the left side. IRON again. Now, staple (I’m stretching the book analogy now, aren’t I?) alongside the fold. If the book was fabric, what you just did is called “undersewing”.

It has taken all of this morning to fix the sides. Tomorrow: fixing the hem.

Oh, and as regards the holes at the yoke — I intend to add a line of trim (or you can add ribbon) and hide the hole. Done and done.