With summer vacations over and fall finally here, I have time to reflect on the two pieces I made over the summer. I made two skirts to add to my summer collection. Since I wanted to actually be able to finish them in time to wear during the summer, I picked two simple patterns, one was a Kwik Sew and the other a Burda pattern.
I picked the Kwik Sew pattern because it was a simple circle skirt but with a flat waistband in the front and elastic in the back, no need for a zipper! I decided to use the lovely pink flower fabric I got from Michael Levin’s when my mom and I went to L.A. almost a year ago.
I liked how the instructions were very clear and illustrated certainly a great pattern for a beginner. It was interesting to me that they chose to finish the seams with a zigzag stitch, the alternative to using a serger to finish the seams.
I picked the Burda pattern because while it was also a simple pattern, the style was completely different from the Kwik Sew pattern. It’s high-waisted with a sewn on belt. The ingenious way they got around using either a zipper or elastic was by creating a pleat in the front that is secured by the belt.
This time around I did serge the edges to finish the seams – a wonderful suggestion by my mom. This was my first time using a serger and I gotta say, what a time saver! I did decide to add in pockets to the design. I took the pockets pattern from another skirt I was working on. This was my first time adding something on to a pattern and was happy with the results.
It was so satisfying being able to take clothing I made all the way to Italy!