I also purchased ten yards of black grosgrain ribbon @ 50 cents a yard for waistband usage.
This week I tweaked the fit on the Kwik Sew skirt by taking some of the curve from the side seams and finished binding those seams. Another new technique was a waistband backed with grosgrain ribbon. I followed the instructions from Roberto Cabrera/Patricia Flaherty Meyers' book, "Classic Tailoring Techniques, A Construction Guide For Women's Wear" and a favorite of mine by Claire B Shaeffer, "Couture Sewing". Here is the result before I tack down the edges, back stitch the bottom edge of the ribbon, and apply a closure.
This makes for a very sturdy waistband, and I plan on doing this more in the future. There is quite a curve to the bottom of the skirt back. I had to pre-gather the hem before binding the hem edge.
To reduce bulk in the hem caused by the seam binding, I graded each seam.
The hem is partially sewn using a blind catch stitch.
I am classifying this project as the project on its way out. I enjoyed doing all the new techniques; however, they were time consuming. My sewing goal is to more couture oriented. A time constraint contest may not be the ideal time to do so many in one item, but it sure is making for a nice looking skirt.
The Burda slacks is still the official project. I've put it aside for awhile, but it's time to pick it back up and get it done.
I have a few items classified as the projects coming in. I've been working muslins for:
the Kwik Sew red jacquard silk blouse, and
the McCalls silk charmeuse blouses in black and gold.
The Kwik Sew blouse is really ready to be cut. I have a few adjustments to re-check for the charmeuse blouses. Since I'm using the same pattern, I get two for one. There is only about one week left in the month, and I haven't completed one whole garment yet. I've been preparing for a work audit, which will happen tomorrow, after which I hope to step it up.
As an aside, my toddler grandson is going to Colorado with my DD to visit his grandfather and uncle. My DD and I went shopping for some things for him to take on the trip. I couldn't resist these Toy Story cowboy boots,
and I have been laughing about them ever since. My DS is just going to think they are the greatest, since he wears cowboy boots all the time. Aren't these the cutest?