Inspired by the Great British Sewing Bee (squeee!), PR is hosting its own version for four weeks. The platform seems the same: weekly challenges, weekly winners, eliminations, grand prize. I figured I could channel my inner crafty chemist and join the contest.
But. You know there's always a "but."
The first challenge is to sew an A-line skirt. Ruh? That's it? No twist? Piece of cake! The last 394 skirts I made were A-line. I could make one of these from start to finish in one day. I was all on board until I read the requirements:
- zipper - check
- lining - check
- hem - check
- button, hook, or any closure - check and check
- waistband - ch....wait, what??
The skirt must include a waistband? Why? All of my skirts purposely do not have waistbands because WHY?? Ugh. This "rule" caused me way more stress than it should have. I spent two days searching my pattern stash for A-line skirts with a waistband. I found TWO. Out of over five hundred patterns (including BWOF), I found two freakin' patterns.
The pattern I ultimately chose was New Look 6843, view D.
The pattern has three pieces and should be really easy to sew. Remember, there's always a "but."
Contestants will be judged on construction, adherence to the rules, and creativity. Yes, a pattern like this presents a great opportunity to do something creative. BUT, my creative side is apparently on hiatus at the moment. I drew a complete blank on what to do with this skirt. I searched the internets for ideas and settled on adding pintucks.
Easy, right? Not so much.
I came up with a few ideas: diagonal pintucks that emanate from the waist out to the hem like a star burst; vertical tucks that start near the hip and end at the hem; and twisted tucks. I sewed small samples of each idea and didn't like them enough to proceed. Accuracy in measurement and sewing is *very* important to get any of these to look right. Given the tight time constraint, I knew I wouldn't be able to get it done.
So I chose to do a simple pintuck across the bottom an inch above the hem. To make things easier (so I thought), I decided to pintuck the fabric (a light-weight denim) first and then cut the pieces out of that.
Not. Even. Close. I don't have pictures because...well...Halloween is over.
Trying to pintuck fabric that is 60 inches wide is just not a good idea so I scrapped it. In fact, I'm not even motivated to make an A-line skirt anymore. Sad-but-relieved face. My heart is just not in it.
So I'm not going to participate in the contest. Sure I could make a simple and well-constructed skirt, but I probably won't enjoy the process because my true intention is not there. It's actually a good thing because I don't want the pressure of a deadline at this time of the year. We have exams next week and my duty as a caregiver just got remarkably more difficult. Sewing (when I actually sit down to do it) is my outlet and I don't want to ruin what little sewjo I have!
Speaking of aint-got-time-for-that...
I am totally over it. It's a wadder and trashed!