"" The girl who makes things: The Tarzan and Jane skirt

Friday, 4 July 2014

The Tarzan and Jane skirt

It's Fridaaaaay! Isn't it a lovely feeling? I especially love Fridays because I finish work at lunchtime and I can go home and be freeeee. I can also go to Leeds Market and peruse the fabric stalls as they're still open at this time of day. Oh the joys! Anyway, while I've got a snippet of free time, I thought I'd show you my latest make, a wrap pencil skirt, or as I like to call it, The Tarzan and Jane skirt.


Now I have a confession to disclose: I don't often wear the clothes I make. It's terrible, I know, and I'm trying desperately to redeem myself. But there are a few factors as to why it is the case: firstly, I often spend so much time working on a piece that by the time I've finished, I just can't bare to look at it anymore. Secondly, sometimes the things I make aren't really my style or appropriate for everyday life, ie work. There's not much I can do about the first point, unless I become a faster sewer, but I'm trying to work on the last point. This is why I decided to make a work skirt.


The fabric is a little boring, I must admit, but this is the kind of thing I need in my wardrobe. I need a basic staple skirt which I can wear with a variety of different tops and biege/brown pretty much does the job. 


The pattern is Vogue 8928. It was easy enough to sew, but I had a few of issues with fitting. I initially made a toile and found that it needed a bit more room in the butt area. I altered the pattern to make the darts a little wider on the back pieces by 2". This was way too much and I ended up having to make gigantic seam allowances all over the skirt to compensate for the amount of room. This has also given the skirt a rather odd shape. My advice? Make the item according to the pattern and adjust it later. I'm just not confident enough to do full on pattern alterations yet.



I fully lined the skirt and overlocked all the seams which gave a nice, clean finish. I even had a go at blind stitching the hem which is rather more sophisticated than my usual handmades.


Due to the wrap shape, the skirt doesn't need a vent to allow for free movement. Instead, the wrap moves around as you walk and sometimes exposes a little bit of leg. This is ok, but the real problem is sitting down without the skirt splitting up to the thigh. I'm a teacher so I can't sit in front of my class with most of my leg showing! So I haven't worn it to work yet. Le sigh.

If you think I sound like I'm not completely in love with this skirt then you're probably right. There ain't nothing worse than wearing something you don't feel 100% secure in. Will I make this skirt again? Maybe, but for the time being I'll chalk it all up to experience and hope that the next make is a little more wearable.

8 comments:

  1. shame you don't like it. it does look cute tho. have you been wearing your kimono much? x

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    1. Heya, thanks Amy. Yes, I've been wearing the kimono loads, I want to make another one!

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  2. I love sewing classic pieces I can wear often... like this one. It's a bummer that it didn't work as well as you hoped! I can understand not wanting to invest any more time in it, but maybe you could tack the layers together halfway down, or wherever it works best. That would at least make it so you can sit down in it.

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    1. Aw thanks. Yes, was thinking of tacking the front pieces together - I might give it a try. Thanks for the advice!

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  3. I think this is cute! i could totally see it being dressed up for a dinner with the girls.

    We are very alike, i have only ever worn one thing I've made. i spend far too much time agonising over a project then pick faults and end up not wearing it.

    I'm trying to incorporate more classic pieces like this into my wardrobe as they have more chance in being worn! x

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    1. I'm glad I have a kindred spirit! Yes, I think I just need to be brave and wear more of the clothes I make. We need another Me Made May.

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  4. What a shame it's just a touch risqué! It looks great though. I definitely agree to work it into ad many non-work outfits as you can

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  5. Please, add a little elastic to mid thigh to keep it from opening all the way! Or go old school and put in a little golden pin or broche.

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