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The Meringue skirt

I spent all yesterday evening fitting the Meringue skirt on the left over corduroy from the Pastille dress. I ended up cutting size 2 in the waist, size 0 below, and I removed the front dart. Grading from size 8 to size 0 isn't that easy! I also made the back dart somewhat smaller - I had planned to remove it altogether, but when fitting it became apparent it was needed. The result fits, but makes some horizontal lines in the front at roughly the hip area. I wonder if that's because I removed the darts? That area would be under the darts though so not sure. It doesn't really bother me though.

I cut a "muslin" out of felt and promptly decided I needed to decrease the length by quite a bit. Amazingly enough, the hips fit perfectly. I suspect this is because I've actually fitted it somewhat lower than the pattern intends, since the finished measurements claim 3" over my size, which wasn't there. I plan to wear it about 6-7cm underneath my natural waist - in the back, this would be just at the bottom of my back.

However, because I didn't put the felt version on, and I didn't pad my dress form properly, I didn't realize that my bottom naturally makes the back somewhat shorter than the front (why? it makes perfect sense!). I suppose that's something the bigger back darts might have fixed? Not quite sure :) It's quite easily fixed by moving the front up by about 1-2 cm, so I'm still mulling over whether to fix this when I hem the skirt or not. I suppose I could also fix it when I add the lining/facing.
Now, truth be told I didn't plan to add a facing at all, I just wanted to fully line this skirt. I am, however, considering whether or not the waist actually stretched when I tried it on yesterday. I can't really tell. I suppose I could cut a facing out of cotton and baste it and then try it on again. That's probably the smartest thing to do actually. If it does stretch, then I can cut a facing out of the same corduroy and then attach the lining to the facing. If it doesn't stretch, I could go with my original plan, although truth be told, I'm quite fond of the idea of facing-lining now.

As I mentioned before, I'm not making the scallops - they wouldn't really be me. However, I am considering adding some lace trim to the bottom. I have some cream lace trim that might work, or I could make a trip to central London and find something else. Either dark navy, close to the corduroy, or teal, like the topstitching I plan to add to the pockets.

Speaking of which, I'm also making back pockets and adding belt loops. I don't have a pattern for either of these, but oh well,  how badly can they turn out? You can see they're not exactly properly placed now, but I'll arrange them and then baste them before stitching just in case I decide against it. Also, right now, before actually stitching anything, I'm considering adding front pockets. Not sure, I don't want to screw it up. I might practice on the felt I suppose. I'm too tired to do it today anyway so I still have at least one day to decide.


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