When I shopped Purl Soho's Memorial Day sale, I bought fabric for three skirts. The first two are done, along with matching ones for my daughter, but I saved the voile for last. I had to work my way up to it, I think. For starters, I had no idea what to expect when I ordered it. I was thinking something gauzy, maybe? Definitely summery. For some reason I was enchanted with the idea of voile, sight unseen. No place around here has any, not the box store or the quilting stores, as far as I could tell. So it was a surprise.
It's not gauzy, for starters. It IS thin. It reminds me, truth be told, of an old, worn-in cotton sheet. Soft, thin cotton. It took more care to cut it. I switched to a smaller needle size, went way down on stitch length (about 1.75 mm, I think; lordy it takes forever to stitch a seam at that length!), adjusted the tension a bit, and called it good. I'm not working from a pattern for this skirt. I'm working from an idea. Since voile is thin, and I'm not one to wear a slip, I wanted a two-layer skirt, with a drawstring. The hardest bit so far has been the hemming.
(You know, I loved this fabric pattern online, but after several days of quiet struggling with it, I keep thinking it looks like lettuce.)
I'm almost done with the skirt, as of Wednesday evening. The two layers--longer on the bottom, shorter on top--are sewn together at the top. All that's left to do cut a couple of buttonholes (for the drawstring to come out from), sew them by hand (because I have more confidence in that than my buttonhole foot), and sew the casing closed at the bottom.
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