I finally made something from Tilly and the Buttons' book, Love At First Stitch. I finished this at the end of September. I had a productive Saturday - cleaning and organising and throwing old things away (so cathartic). But I did manage to trace out the Delphine skirt and Mimi blouse.
This version of Delphine is a wearable muslin. I am happy with the fit and it would have been a fast make... if the fabric didn't unravel as soon as I looked at it, and if I didn't make a huge mistake on the belt loops...
Look at those beautiful belt loops! Took me a long time to get that nubbly linen type fabric to squash into dense and sturdy belt loops. And then I went ahead and attached them to the un-interfaced waistband. HUGE MISTAKE. The belt loops should be attached to the waistband with the interfacing. I can't decide if it was just me making a stupid mistake, or if the book is a bit unclear? I don't think anyone else has had the same issue so it must just be me. They aligned with the notches in the skirt; 2 at the front, 2 and the back. I was going to make a red belt (red and mint green is one of my favourite retro colour combinations). After lots of swearing and talking it through with Dick, I unpicked the belt loops from the waistband facing and just went ahead without them.
The pattern calls for a 9" zip. In Australia, we have zips in even inch lengths only. An 8" and 10" zip were purchased. The 10" was too long as sort of poked out the bottom/seat a bit, so I went with the awkwardly short 8" zip. It's a wiggle to get the skirt over my hips. But I'm happy with the end result regardless. Perhaps eBay will help me next time with a 9" zip.
For my second invisible zip ever, I think I did a pretty good job. I wish my invisible zip foot got closer to the teeth, I feel like it could be more invisible, especially when the seam is under tension (like when I am wearing it).
Cute B.A.I.T footwear shoes. Super old stockings. Almost went with white stockings.
Knitter. Home seamstress. Dance Teacher.