With success on a shirt, pants, and capris from Simple Modern Sewing: 8 Basic Patterns to Create 25 Favorite Garments by Shufu To Seikatsu Sha, I decided to go for her wrap skirt pattern with fabric from Goodwill. Unfortunately at first, the “wrap” skirt pattern was something I couldn’t wrap my head around. To start, the pleating was a challenge. I tried a couple of ideas and came up with something way too small to fit around my waist. So, discouraged, I let it sit for a while. Sometimes that helps, sometimes not.
These days I’ve put useful constraints on my sewing, no new patterns or fabric until what I’m working on is done. Plain and simple. To banish my glancing at piles of unfinished projects, it motivates me to finish so I can start the next thing I’m pining for. It worked. I declared last Saturday the day to finish that darn wrap skirt, telling dear husband I’d need maybe 2-3 uninterrupted hours.
A few attempts led me to figure out the pleating, and feeling silly that I didn’t understand before, but after that I came downstairs in a bad mood. I couldn’t understand how this could become a wrap skirt. The pattern wanted me to sew up both side seams, which made no sense. I decided to see if someone else had an issue with this pattern and found someone else did indeed. Seems Soule Mama attempted and beat this pattern a couple of years back, mentioning that it’s not a wrap skirt at all, just a large skirt, that gets cinched at the waist. That was just the inspiration I needed, thank you Soule Mama!
With new determination and understanding, I beat that little pattern and I dare say I love the skirt so well! Perhaps I will make another…. of course, after I finish what I’ve recently cut out…