First projects are done!
The finished skirts look great and daughter no 1 is very pleased with the new additions to her wardrobe. I made the beige linen first. The weave is quite loose on this, so I decided to use a Hong Kong finish on all the seams. Great idea when you have 24 seams to bind!! I was regretting my choice after completing the front, just because it was taking so long! But, if this project is all about doing the right thing, and not about speed, then it has worked! The facing edge was bound too, but I did not bind the hem. The cotton binding would have altered the hang of the skirt, the linen falls so softly that it would have been a shame to lose that with a stiff hem finish. Instead I overlocked the bottom edge and used a twin needle on the hem. Fabric is from Fred Winter in Stratford-upon-Avon. Interfacing is a polyester fine sheer fusible from Gill Arnold.
The second skirt is made from a retro print John Kaldor cotton I bought about 3-4 years ago. The seam finish on this one is a welt, but instead of topstitching 5mm or so away from the seam line I just went 2mm. I used a contrast green thread that picked up on the green in the print because I thought going for white or black would just have been too boring. The outer edge of the facing has been turned under and topstitched, and the hem has had the same treatment. I turned under 5mm and stitched it in place before turning up the remainder of the hem and machining into place. Fabric is from Fred Winter in Stratford-upon-Avon. Interfacing is a polyester fine sheer fusible from Gill Arnold.
So out of the two fabrics, which worked better?