My first experiment in stripe matching has turned out to be a success. Check out my perfect chevrons =)
Please ignore the fact that my black slip is so blatantly hanging out. I really must make myself a white slip. Actually, I still haven't shown off my black slip. I've developed a bit of a backlog of projects to be blogged. Fortunately (?) the neverending quilt of doom 2 is fixing that. By the time I finish it I expect this blog (and the world as we know it) will have shriveled up and died. Victims of entropy the lot of us.
I used the same basic pattern I used for my last two skirts... Except I cut each piece out flat instead of on the fold so there are four main pieces. I left off the pockets for fear of next level stripe matching, which means I all four pieces are the same! I'd like to add patch pockets, but this skirt is already seeing pretty frequent wear so it's hard to say when/if I'll ever get around to it.
I think the bias flows pretty nicely. I like it. I could technically wear it with the chevron pointing up or down because, hey, one pattern piece! It's probably worth mentioning that the waistband is elastic (and, ahrm, handstitched). I wasn't sure how topstitching and zippers and stuff would work with the drape of the bias.
The fabric was a sheet at Goodwill that was just too cutesy to pass up for $2. It's mostly purple and pink with some sparkle. I bought it thinking baby clothes but I obviously got distracted ;)
The colors are a little less pronounced IRL. I just wanted you to see my awesome stripe matching. I cheated when I cut the pieces out. Since this fabric is the same on both sides I just cut one piece using the pattern and for the other three I just used that piece as my pattern. That way it was really easy to see if the stripes lined up.
Those lines are from the iron-on seam binding I applied then removed. It was too stiff and the bias cut fabric was all wrinkly along it. The vintage seam binding from the thrift was a lot softer and drapier than this stuff I bought at the LFS. Win some, lose some I suppose. I've heard fabric cut on the bias doesn't unravel... I guess I'll find out!
Fabric: less than half of a $2 sheet, so $1
Notions: Almost $3 worth of (wasted) seam binding and about $1 worth of elastic
Total cost: $5
Running total: $8.20
Final thought: Seam binding may or may not be worth the money =( but three skirts for less than $9 is working for me.