In my post on Friday, I mentioned that I was midway through making a skirt from Heather Ross’s Weekend Sewing and was having some trouble with the errors in the book. After a weekend of frustration and wasted fabric, I can now tell you the full story.
The skirt is the “Yard Sale Wrap Skirt” it looks completely different in the book to any of the made up results on Flickr, but I thought it was worth a shot. After all how hard can a skirt with no zips, no buttons, and no darts be?
On my mother’s advice I decided to use an old sheet to try out the design. I traced the pattern, cut the fabric and sewed the six panels together. At this point I was convinced I had found the easiest skirt in the world to make, and I would be running up another half dozen by the end of the week, and then I wrapped it round me…
Despite the fact the size I was using was supposed to accommodate a waist size up to 14 inches larger than my own (!!) the skirt did not meet round my waist. Back to the pattern to check that it wasn’t a stupid error of mine. It wasn’t.
So I went online and started googling “Yard Sale Wrap Skirt”, lots of mentions of the design taking more fabric than they’d thought, and then I found the extensive “errata” on Heather Ross’s website!
Almost everything about the design was wrong. The amendment said it required two extra panels (which I just about managed to scrape enough fabric together for) and that the waist ties needed to be lengthened by 16 inches each, by the time I had finished cutting fabric, the skirt had EIGHTEEN individual parts… ridiculous!
Despite being rather cross, I carried on, determined to see what it looked like, and when it was eventually complete, I discovered a new problem. Yes, the wrap did now wrap (just) but the overlap was now positioned at the back of the skirt and not the side… hence the surgical gown reference!
There’s no way I could wear it out. I’d be convinced I looked like this (or maybe that’s wishful thinking!) So my planned outfit for today’s Me Made May Monday fell apart, I did however use a homemade bag to transport some stuff to work, just to cover my bases.
This is the second project I have
wasted my time on attempted to make from the book, and you’ll be astonished to hear I’m going back for a third, the Everything Tote. If that one fails, then Heather you’re out…