In taking a break from sewing up my 1912 outfit, I decided to tackle another project with scallops (because, apparently, I've gone mad)--the meringue skirt!! I think I was actually looking in the Colette handbook to double-check the directions for sewing french seams on my Edwardian blouse when I somehow got distracted and ended up with a skirt! This says a lot about my sewing focus lately :)
I used a synthetic taffeta upholstery fabric that I had in my stash for the skirt. I had bought this fabric before I made my teal Pendrell blouse and the colours go together so well! When I bought this fabric, I knew I was going to eventually make a skirt out of it and the Meringue pattern, with it's simple lines, was the perfect match for this print.
I also knew that my fabric would be fiddly and would show through if I tried to invisibly hem it around the entire length of the skirt. Instead, I took small stitches where the hem met the light brown embroidered parts of the skirt. It worked perfectly as the flower stem pattern is frequent enough for the catch stitching and you can't tell at all from the right side of the skirt!
Lastly, I must say that the waist facing instructions drove me a bit crazy as I didn't want to insert an invisible zipper. Instead, I handpicked the zipper. In order to do that, I had to cut the waistband facings longer than the pattern indicated.
All in all, I really like the skirt! Though I see now why the skirt is so short--because at longer lengths, it's harder to see the scallops!!
As an aside, I really, really love this tree. I think it needs an entire forest of trees just like it!
I'm curious...what do you think of the Meringue skirt? Do you love or hate scallops?