The “Snake skin”.

… or “What I did on my summer vacation (Part I)”.

I managed to get in a bit of sewing while on vacation.  I finished the third skirt of my Sister’s Sewing Projects.  I offered to sew up for my sister three skirts and three dresses AND the dress she is going to be wearing to her son’s wedding, her MOG dress!  I love having the distraction from my own sewing projects and it is fun to work with the lovely fabrics and patterns that she has picked!

What we have to show today is the “Snake skin”, just another nick-name we gave to this fabric when we were trying to decide on which fabric to pick while running from bolt to bolt in the fabric shop.  This is a very soft 100% cotton with a nice drape to it.  Again, for this skirt, my sister wanted me to use her 1989 vintage pattern, McCall’s 4408.  I’m getting so accustomed to this pattern, I going to have to make one for myself someday!

You already know from previous posts of the first two skirts, here and here, that my sister wanted the waistbands changed to half elastic – in the back – and half not – in the front.  This turned out to be an easy procedure (after my first try).  I sewed the waistband on as usual and folded it to the inside on the fold line, as usual.  I topstitched the top edge all around and topstitched the bottom edge on the back half only.

Adding another row of stitching in the middle of the waistband on the back half gave me a two narrow channels on the back half of the waistband to run my elastics through.

After that I sewed the elastic ends down and topstitched down the bottom edge of the front half of my waistband.  Easy Peasy ,,, now that I have done it on three skirts in a row!

I have been using the blind hem stitch on my sewing machine on all three of these skirts and just loving it.  I pinned up the hem and folded it to the right side so that I could run it through my sewing machine’s blind hem stitch.

I haven’t ironed my sister’s skirt yet so you can just see the tiny stitches left behind after blind hemming.  This stitch certainly makes the task go easily and quickly!

Petunia gets to wear another new skirt.  Proper waistband in the front, elastic waistband in the back.  Gotta love those hidden pockets!

And I can’t forget about those inverted pleats either!

Three skirts completed now Sis – and three dresses, plus the all important MOG dress, to go!

Next post, I shall tell you “What I did on my summer vacation (Part II)” – just a hint … it involved looking at a LOT of butts!

Happy Sewing!

29 thoughts on “The “Snake skin”.

  1. Hidden pockets! Great feature, they make such a difference to a garment.

    1. I know! If the fabric or style is suitable, I always try to get them in there.

  2. Interesting fabric and great finished project!

    1. Thank you! My sister said she had a brown cardigan that would look lovely with it.

  3. I love this skirt, and yes, the pockets are a definite bonus. Can’t wait to read the “butt” post 😉

  4. It’s a great skirt, big fun of the hidden pockets too. I think you should definitely make one for yourself, it seems to be your style too.

    1. Thanks! Who can’t use a quick, easy, comfortable skirt?

      1. Absolutely! I’m putting on my list too!

  5. Wow! Those pleats are sharp. That’s a good thing. You and your sister picked out really cool material. I like the idea of elastic in the back of the waistband but no elastic in the front. And this isn’t even the wedding dress for the MOG yet. All of this has been very cool to follow. 😊

    1. Thanks! She did most of the picking. I just kept crushing fabric in my hands to see if it wrinkled badly. I think the elastic will go well with dessert! It might be a long Project as the MOG dress is needed for February and I’m not allowed to show it until after the wedding. But the schedule will work out.

  6. It a great looking skirt.

    1. Thank you! I like the trousers you made up too!

  7. That fabric is so wonderful. She’ll be able to dress that up or down! I love the hidden pockets and the pleats. The elastic waistband will make it so comfy. That’s one lucky sister.

    1. Thank you! I must admit we are having fun with this… Especially since I’m not paying for any of it! Just the same as shopping with your girlfriend and convincing her to buy everything!

      1. Sounds pretty perfect to me!

  8. Rose MacKenzie-Kirkwood September 13, 2015 — 3:43 pm

    Again you have done a fabulous job. The reason I love this pattern is because it hides two of my little, well maybe not so little, flaws. Plus, like someone said, it also allows for a little dessert after your meal. Thank you again for all your beautiful work.

    1. Hey I’ve discovered my new TNT skirt pattern (tried and true) because of you! Thanks!

  9. This might be my favorite of the three. I think because the pleats are so visible (and so crisp). Very curious about this butt story……..

    1. 😄 Thank you! Funny how different fabrics and patterns act with the same pattern even, isn’t it? Oh, I don’t want to get anyone’s hopes up too high, but it (the butt story) had me smiling for weeks!

  10. You done good. The pattern looks similar to Silhouette’s Michelle’s one-piece skirt. Whenever Peggy has that on her webcasts she gets asked about it, no wonder, it’s a great look.

    1. This a an old pattern my sister wanted me to use. I’ll have to go check out the other one. I always love seeing something new/different! Thanks for stopping by!

  11. The inverted pleats are very nice. The skirt looks great on Petunia. It will look fabulous on Rose!

    1. Thanks! Can you imagine… You can see photos of your new clothes but you can’t wear them because you have to pick them up first… And it’s going to be a few weeks! 😄

  12. Youve a very lucky sister! Can’t wait i to see what you make her for the wedding 😍

    1. 😀 she says that has to be a secret until after her son’s wedding! February! But there will be other things to show and tell before then!

  13. Love this piece Linda.. 🙂

  14. Love 😍😍😍

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