When my skirt was all finished and it was hanging on the dress form patiently awaiting it's photo shoot - the DH walks in and says "Oh look - there's an arrow on the front". An arrow, what do you mean an arrow? Of course I hadn't even noticed the arrow shape until he pointed it out (no pun intended). Now - that's all I can see. Once you see something, you can't "unsee" it. Just by changing those small little contrasting pieces - my skirt now has an arrow pointing up! The backside always had the arrow hidden amongst the design lines, but of course I couldn't see that initially from the line drawing on the pattern envelope either.
What happens if I fall down on the sidewalk while wearing it - will I be mistaken for a traffic sign and cause an accident - it is a green arrow after all! What if I'm in the mood to do cartwheels on the sidewalk one day - what will happen then? I can see the news headlines now - WOMAN'S SKIRT MISTAKEN FOR TRAFFIC SIGNAL - CAUSES MAJOR ACCIDENT AT INTERSECTION. Will I get a ticket for wearing the skirt if this happens? Would that be considered a wardrobe malfunction? What if I volunteer to hold the stop sign when school children are crossing the road - what then? People won't know what to do - STOP, GO, TURN oh my! I really need to think about my day ahead before dawning this skirt in the morning!
There is an advantage to this trim. It acts as a sort of horsehair braid along the bottom edge and the hemline flares out just a little more than it did without the trim and I kinda like that. I also added some teal ribbon between the facing and the lining pieces.
Here's the process I used for sewing the trim to the bottom hem:
First - sew a basting line 1/2" from the bottom edge.
Next - with the right side up on the fabric, sew the wrong side of the ribbon to the edge, lining the edge of the ribbon up along the edge of the basting line.
Next - remove the basting line.
Next - turn and press the ribbon up onto the inside of the skirt and pin. Hand sew the ribbon in place along the top edge.
Here's the stashbustin' numbers for this skirt:
Skirt: 1.125 yards
Lining: 1.125 yards
Total: 2.25 yards
Total YTD: 18 yards!!
That's it for today. Wish me luck when wearing this skirt. If it causes accidents, I will let you know!
Happy Sewing everyone!