I was not very keen on making the Meringue skirt when I first saw it in The Colette Sewing Handbook, but I'm glad I made it anyway. It's a unique versatile skirt that was a pleasure to sew.
It is surprising that it is a tad loose because I carefully measured myself and all the pattern pieces, and remembered to deduct the darts and the seam allowances. The fabric is a stretch linen from Spotlight, so it might have stretched a bit while sewing and/or pressing - I had a compulsion to iron out the wrinkles when all I was supposed to be doing was press darts and seams.
The scallops were not as difficult to make as I imagined. Tracing the seam lines as instructed made it a breeze to sew, and I used my pinking shears to trim the seam allowances. Pressing the scallops into shape was also unexpectedly exciting.
I did err in fitting it only at the very end when I was about to catchstitch the hem. I cut a size 2 waist tapering to size 0 hips and hem and shortened the hem by 2 inches. The fit was fine if a tad loose, but I thought it was too flared for an A-line skirt. I unpicked the side seams and a bit of the scalloped hem -- I dared not unpick the whole scalloped hem as I had trimmed the seam allowances to almost nothing. I reduced the hem width by two scallops, side seams running thru the middle of a scallop.
I'm happy I spent that time changing it, I'll get to wear it more. I probably should have taken the time to add a lining -- I find half-slips uncomfortably tight around my waist.
I highly recommend this pattern and The Colette Sewing Handbook. The patterns are so delightful and instructions extremely easy to follow. I probably won't be making another one anytime soon, but that's because I'm excited to make all the other patterns in the book.
Fabric: Medium weight stretch linen from Spotlight c. 2010
Pattern: Meringue Skirt from The Colette Sewing Handbook
Time to complete: Hours! (I'll try to be more specific with my next projects.)
First worn: Thursday, 1 August 2012; today at work
Wear again? Yes, the neutral fabric lets me get away with wearing it to work.