Yay! It's finished! I absolutely LOVE this skirt. The two layers of jersey knit make it so, so comfortable and the many, many hours I spent on it make me so very proud. Speaking of hours, yes, it took me many hours to complete. I wasn't really keeping track, but I'd guess that it took me at least 12 hours, most probably more.
I was a woman possessed. I worked on it at least a few hours a day. To be honest, I was a little addicted. I think this sort of project is one to be savored, but I devoured it. I'll take my time on the next one.
Never in a million years did I think that I'd ever wear something sewed entirely by hand. Never. But you know what? You can feel the effort that went into this. I feel like this skirt has a soul. Kind of kooky, huh?
When I started this skirt, I had it in my mind that I'd only do reverse applique along the bottom of the skirt, so that's what I did. When I got it all stitched, cut, and sewed two two panels together, I didn't like it. It wasn't enough. So, I pulled the stencil back out and traced more leaves on the entire panel, but more sparse. I also whacked 2" off the top because it looked too long to me. I love how this turned out.
I must confess, I machine stitched the elastic to the waist. I didn't have 1" fold over elastic and didn't want to order some when I already had plenty of 1/2" fold over elastic on hand. The half inch wasn't wide enough to bind the top edge, so I sewed it flat to the inside of the waist. I tried to sew a zig-zag stitch by hand, but I just couldn't get it. I ended up with a tangled mess of thread. The waist of my skirt isn't too pretty, but who's gonna see that?
Now comes the big question - what am I going to wear this with? I don't want to be all matchy-matchy. Black is a safe choice, but I want something more interesting. I picture this with a t-shirt and a cardigan with maybe a scarf? Or maybe a turtleneck with a belt? I don't know. I don't want to look like a box of crayolas, so maybe I will stick with black. Either way, a shopping trip is definitely in order.