Lucky me: Midi is the new Mini and some zipper drama…

As I said a few times before, the length of my skirts after 3 years in New York had diminished considerably and it happens that they are not only inappropriate for Haiti but also extremely impractical (try to get yourself into a Nissan Patrol elegantly in a tight and short pencil skirt and you will know what I mean). Therefore, and despite everything you can hear about short people and longer skirts, my recent sewing projects have all been hitting the knee and below. Including this last shiny shiny project :

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Conveniently enough, some runways have decided to agree with me (proof, proof, proof and PROOF !). I guess there is a limit to \how many seasons you can profess to go even shorter than the year before… The pattern is one I used before, but longer this time. It’s the pleated skirt pattern from burdastyle and I made last fall in leather.

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Of course leather would not have been a very good choice for the haitian weather so I used a coated cotton I bought at Paron’s Fabric before leaving New York (Ok, yes maybe I did do a little stash building operations prior to leaving… and yes maybe I’m feeding the stash everytime I get out of Haiti… but yes, I do buy fabric also in Haiti… I’m 3 times guilty!).

I really like the kind of retro silhouette that the extra length brings to this pattern.

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Ok, so maybe you can’t really see the coated shiny part of the skirt on those picture but I think it more visible on the close-ups. I did bring comments from my female colleagues such as “Oooooh shinyyyy!!!”. I guess a lot of us have an inner little girl wishing we would go to work everyday wearing shiny outfits!

The usual dress form shots: they are usually better quality because I take them with my Iphone instead of my crappy camera…

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I used the main fabric for the pocket and because the fabric was not fraying at all I did not do any kind of seam finish. My only concern with this fabric is the ironing. You have to use a press cloth even to open seams….

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I don’t remember if I had to do it for the leather skirt but I had to take in the back for at least 1″ on each side.

Also, this time I used a invisible zipper instead of a metal exposed one. Why? Well first because I think it suits the style of this skirt better, but also because THERE IS NO NICE METAL ZIPPER IN PORT AU PRINCE (Or am I wrong ? I will ask Lakaribane but after seeing her discussing colors of invisible zipper at the store-that-shall-not-be-named, I’m guessing I’m right). I used my usual method from Fashion Incubator for invisible zippers (really I cannot recommend it enough) with one of the zippers I brought back from my last trip to New York. I was sooo happy to have one to match perfectly. Now you can fell the drama coming… I finish the skirt that sunday evening with the hope of parading on Monday morning at the office. I put it on the form, close the zipper, take a picture for instagram and try to take it off the form to put it in my closet. ZIPPER STUCK, I spent an hour trying to remove it. Out of desperation I undid the seams hoping I would be able to fix it better of the form. Couldn’t. Cried a little. Put the skirt aside for 3 days until I had time to change the zipper to a not-perfectly-matching one… End of drama.

The culprit!
The culprit!

With this non-fraying fabric I decided to leave the hem raw but to avoid the unfinished effect I added 2 rows of topstitching.

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Anyway I’ve been quite productive sewing-wise so you can expect more posts very soon! Last question, my current date raised the issue of the skirt being maybe 1″ or 2″too long (2013, the year when guys started discussing hem length…), what do you think ? I could just cut it and redo the top stitching…

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10 thoughts on “Lucky me: Midi is the new Mini and some zipper drama…

  1. lakaribane July 18, 2013 / 2:38 pm

    First, let me answer your question: CORRECT! Nice anything around here is pure happenstance (btw, keep an eye out on the streets, sometimes you need to break the car in the middle of traffic to grab some good fabric by the side of the road). Next test? Matching thread. I have a Gütterman thread chart just so I can torture myself, LOL!

    Love the skirt length so I vote YES. (Modern men, shut up! Give him a link to Man Repeller) I always hesitate to wear long skirts but if you wear it with that sleeveless top and you keep it to narrow points on your body (right above or below the knee, at the ankle), I think it work just fine.

    And I have had my share of zipper drama. Like the time I put in a near-perfect-for-me fly zipper but forgot to put a pin at the top because I had to shorten it and, with a grand gesture, clooosed it…sliding the cursor right off the damned pants. I cried a little.

  2. Beth (sunnygalstudio) July 18, 2013 / 3:28 pm

    lovely skirt and that fabric is fantastic. length looks good to me and very good I expect for climbing in and out of cars.

  3. char83 July 18, 2013 / 5:14 pm

    I think the length is good. The skirt looks very elegant.

  4. Heathersphere July 19, 2013 / 12:25 am

    I like how your paired your sleeveless top with this stunning skirt! You look gorgeous in this.

    • The Sewing French Girl November 27, 2013 / 2:14 pm

      Thanks!!

  5. cynsin April 5, 2014 / 12:29 am

    I love this. Also, recently reading about French fashion and Coco Chanel thought the knee was the most unattractive part of a woman’s body and should always be covered🙂

    • The Sewing French Girl April 16, 2014 / 1:40 pm

      Haha! I was self conscious about my knees for years after a now-former boyfriend told me I had “weird knees”… Sadly this skirt is not in rotation anymore as I lost some weight…

      • cynsin June 13, 2014 / 11:59 pm

        Is this a “waxed” fabric? Or, perhaps, a Japanese laminate? Where did you purchase it in NY? Very attractive

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