The Heart of a UFO skirt | Veronica Darling
Fabric: #1 skirt: Vintage Tablecloth, ~$1 & #2 skirt: IKEA upholstery material, ~$2
Pattern: Butterick 3922
Year: approx 1970s?
Notions: vintage zippers for both ~$1
Time to complete: .5 hours in 2009 & 4 hours in 2011
First worn: heart skirt: June 2011
Wear again? Yes! I love it!
Total Cost: $5
Friends, I am not a UFO (AKA Unfinished Object) seamstress in reality. I start and finish my projects most of the time, but I dream and dream and dream about dresses and skirts and tops and jackets and blouses and trousers (even though I don't wear trousers) and all things. I feel like I have a zillion UFOs in my dreams. In reality I searched my cupboards this week and found the same UFO fabric from the last UFO theme this year. Big fruit bowls of a tablecloth! Instead of the dress, I had a UFO skirt.
Along with that gorgeous dress, I recall a phase of using up all the material in the first cut. In 2009 I chose the dress pattern, cut it, then worked out I had enough fabric left for the skirt pattern. I felt I was saving time and putting the fabric to good use by using all of it at once. Ha ha on me, as I took over a year to finish the dress, and now almost 2 years to finish the skirt. Obviously it was only a 'short phase'.
So this week, I finished the UFO skirt and it was pretty straightforward, but thought you should see something a bit extra, and it would be good to wear something season appropriate! As it's cold in Melbourne lately, I need to make the most of layers and would prefer a thicker fabric for the skirt. So here's the UFO fruit bowl skirt all complete, AND another skirt with this darling IKEA fabric using the same pattern!
And, I LOVE it!
YES, it's upholstery fabric from IKEA. YES, I bought it originally to make a dog bed for my darling pup. YES, it has big old hearts and it's too stiff to gather properly. BUT, it's warm and cute and matches my new (but old) blue jacket.
Last week, a friend who finds loads of vintage clothes gave me a little cardi and this blue wool vintage jacket, and seeing as it's midwinter here in Melbs, I just had to incorporate it into my Sew Weekly colour schemes!
It's a darling quick skirt pattern, really basic and no tricks at all! The fruit bowl fabric was finished in no time, but with the heavier fabric from IKEA and those mad red love hearts, I wanted to spend a bit more time matching the fabric, and as you can see above, sewing a zipper on the OUTSIDE. I read this Burda tutorial and then kinda made it suit my fabric (I didn't fold the fabric to the outside) and waistband.
The fabric is rather stiff for a simple skirt, but considering the pattern says "Special construction techniques for sewing all the synthetic suede fabrics!" I thought it could deal with tougher materials and in the end, I actually didn't look at the special construction techniques. After I attached the pockets, I ditched the pattern altogether! YES, it also has pockets!
The hem is a blind stitch one, and I think I'm officially in love with my blind hem foot on my machine now, because considering how thick and stiff this material is, it didn't get caught at all. This week, I had to 'cheat' a little on the waistband (on the inside) facing, by using fusible interfacing/tape (that has the glue on both sides?) because for some reason I have so many pin holes in my fingers, you could call me a pin cushion. Do you ever have one of those weeks where you become totally klutzy and every time you handle the fabric, or sew a seam, a pin attacks? So, I just couldn't handstitch the waistband on the inside (I couldn't look at another pointy thing!), and topstitching with the machine would have looked awkward and crafty.
Brrr! Here's a quick shot of the blouse, as it's the one I made during the Ascot Race Week theme! Hope you get a lot of projects finished this week! Happy UFO Week!