Pocket Skirt by Cali Faye Collections
Y'all. How late am I with this month's sewing advice?! Sorry!
Anyway, I'm delighted to have Alexa from Brooklyn Sewcial giving us tips on the Pocket Skirt by Cali Faye Collections. Follow Alexa on Instagram by clicking here.
Here's what Alexa had to say about the fit, fabric, equipment and about sewing the pocket skirt up.
I'm petite with a pair of hips; Usually I wear a Small/Medium. For the Cali Faye Pocket Skirt, my hips were a Large and waist between Medium and Large. I made a trial skirt first, and decided to make the Large to see if it fit. It was too big for me. I took in the elastic so it fit the way I wanted, and remade it in a Medium. This fit much better. If you prefer a slimmer fit, I would size down. There is a bit of wiggle room with the sizing because of the elastic waist in the back. I also added 1" to the length because I don't like wearing anything too short; especially running up and down on the subway stairs!
I made my first version with a green lightweight cotton with a really nice drape. This was perfect, but I wanted to dye fabric for this skirt so I chose a medium weight white canvas. The dye came out perfect, but the fabric was a bit too thick for the shape and drape I wanted. It also was difficult to gather the fabric when there was more then one layer of fabric. I think a lightweight linen, cotton, or silk are the best options for this. To dye my fabric I used Rit Dye, Navy Blue. I soaked it for 30 minutes in boiling hot water, let it dry completely, then washed out the dye in cold water.
I used the home sewing machines I teach all my classes on. I did french seams for the side seams, double folded hem, and everything else was tucked away into the waist band. It would be a little easier to overlock the side seams if you don't feel up for french seams. I was just too lazy to unpack the overlock.
SEWING THE POCKET SKIRT
At first glance the Cali Faye Pocket Skirt looks like a beginner project, but is appropriately categorized as intermediate. The zipper elastic combination can be a little tricky. Take your time with it and definitely baste into place first. I used both an exposed, and invisible zipper. They both work great. I also added 1/4" to the thickness of the waistband on my second skirt. This made it a bit easier to stitch my elastic in without catching the elastic. This way I could go back and easily make the waist a bit tighter if I needed.
Now get stitching, and tag your makes on Instagram so we can see them all!!!