A quick photo for you of the simple skirt I made. I'm no seamstress mind you, I'm really just a wandering quilter looking for another hand applique outlet.
It's from the Alabama Chanin Gored Skirt pattern in the book called Alabama Studio Style, p101.
When the skirt is dirty, I find myself willing to do laundry just to get to this garment again. I'm thinking a 2nd one is in my future.
The instructions in the book is to do everything by hand.
I wanted to follow the instructions, but you know...I've never been one to follow the rules.
The important part of sewing jersey on a machine is to get yourself a jersey-friendly ball-tip needle for your machine. I did that for less that $4 on Amazon.
It worked well, and I used pins when putting the seams together.
The top layer of the garment is black and the bottom layer is a dark charcoal. I didn't actually have 4 yards of any fabric, so that is why I ended up with 2 colors. It didn't matter much since it was an experiment anyhow and I was really just making it to see if it would fit.
After it was finished, I put an elastic waistband in using fold over elastic I got from the Alabama Chanin web site. I also used the felled seam technique, hand sewing to have the excess seam fabric lay flat. I was not sure if this was a good idea initially but I LOVE the look and will be doing this on all my jersey seams from now on.
I'm thinking of making a more complex project soon. Something similar to the skirt made by Bowersette of the From These Hands blog, perhaps.
Until I get more than 5 minutes to rub together, it looks like I'll be washing (and re-washing!) this skirt.