In my Stash Busting post, I showed you some of my favourite fabrics and how I was going to use them. Here's the first one made up into the All Day Skirt by Lily Bird Studio.
The pattern is designed for thicker fabrics and the denim worked perfectly.
The pattern suggests finishing the side seams with topstitching, so I've used the light blue as a contrast. Because I was sewing through four layers of thick fabric, I've taken the stitch length to 3.2. I think I could have made it even longer.
I used the same 3.2 stitch length for topstitching the ruffle and this was a good length. It ends up being a longer stitch than the side seam because the cotton ruffle is not as thick as the denim.
Where the side seams meets the ruffle, the topstitching has to go through eight layers of denim and two of cotton, but I used a denim needle and had no problems.
The instructions suggest gathering with one thread, but I always use two threads when gathering. Two threads are less likely to break than one. Secondly, sewing between the two rows of gathering stitches, creates neat gathers that don't move as you sew.
To prevent the elastic from twisting, I stitched in the ditch at the side seams. Can you see the stitching? No, not the topstitching... where the point of the arrow ends. I always add this step, whether it's in the instructions or not.
I found the measurements for cutting the ruffle to be ambiguous. How I interpreted the instructions, my ruffle would have been five times the width of the skirt and I'm not sure that the ruffles would condense to the right width. Depending on the look you are after, ruffles are typically one and a half to two and a half times the width of the garment. So, I halved the measurement and ended up with a ruffle two and a half times the width... perfect for this skirt and I'm sure what was intended in the pattern. As I said, it's quite possibly just my interpretation.
I just LOVE how this skirt turned out!!! It's exactly as I had pictured. The skirt is very quick and easy to make and I think it would be a good pattern for someone who is relatively new to sewing, but with a little experience. The instructions, in PDF format, are comprehensive and include lots of photos with step by step directions.
The All Day Skirt will be joining the 130+ skirts already added to the Skirts for Girls link party here on Threading My Way.