Until I made this skirt, I hadn't inserted an invisible zipper in EIGHT years. It's probably been just as long since I wore short skirts regularly, too--I got into a rut in 2005 when I decided all skirts MUST BE KNEE LENGTH.
But that is old news now because I LOVE my new Hummingbird Orange denim skirt AND I inserted the invisible zipper with no issues on the first try with help from a little video tutorial linked in the pattern.
But what I really love about this skirt is the perfect fit!
I also love:
--The smartphone-sized panel pockets.
--Of course I lined my Hummingbird Orange pockets in, well orange.
--My striped piped seams (try saying that five times fast)—they look like a dotted line! I cut 1 1/2" wide strips, pressed them in half, and basted them to one edge of the fabric (raw edges to raw edge) before stitching the seams.
The pattern: Cake Patterns Hummingbird Peplum Top and Straight Skirt 0289. (Disclosure: I draw illustrations and flats for Cake, but I don't get paid to sew, blog or otherwise promote Cake!)
Pattern Description: Hummingbird view "Orange" woven skirt with no gape panel pockets sized for smartphones, back zipper and simple straight waistband. Optional back flounce, aka Hummingbird "Pink". (There's also a knit top with sleeve and neckline variations and optional dickey and cuffs which I have made twice already.)
Pattern Sizing: Full hip sizes ranging from 35"-57", with waist size cut by actual size. I cut the size 40" with a 30" waist. (My full hips are 38.5" and my waist is 29").
There is a "fit check" step in the instructions where you baste the side seams to check and adjust fit, and I ended up pinning in the waist by about 3/4" on each side (or 3" total), the hips about 1" (4" total) and the waistband about 3". This is mainly because I was working with a stretch woven--I think in a plain woven I would have taken out half that. After that, it fit PERFECTLY and I made no adjustments to the darts or anything else.
The skirt is designed for this side-seam adjustment, and can be taken in up to 1" on each piece (4" total) without distorting the pocket design. Here's a photo of me pinning the waist and hips in to fit—hope you can see the chalk and pins.
Fabric: All from the stash, aren't I a good girl?
--Dark pinstriped black stretch denim I've had since high school--less than a yard.
--Scraps of orange stretch cotton sateen for the pockets from a $1/yard FabricMart sale three years ago.
--Bits of gray and white cotton/lycra blend knit, $6/yard from Spandex House a long time ago.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I added flat knit piping to the front and waist seams to create a dotted line effect. If the piping hadn't been so uncooperative and shifty I would have gone all out and done the pockets and side seams too, as in this lovely Milly skirt.
Wear for: Work (with flats or boots) or weekend (though maybe not going down a slide on the playground or riding a bike?) and definitely for a date with the husband.
--My first invisible zipper in EIGHT years. Smooth and perfect!:
--First time attempting flat piping—it totally works, even though it's not perfectly even.
--Second waistband EVER. (I used a hook and eye closure).
--First time sewing with stretch wovens. I used a small zigzag stitch (1 mm wide, 2 mm long) for most seams to prevent popping.
References used (in addition to instructions of course):
--Marcy Tilton's The Easy Guide to Sewing Skirts. LOVE this very thorough book and the whole series.
--Claire Schaefer's High-Fashion Sewing Secrets from the World's Best Designers. For piping instructions.
--Steph's invisible zipper video tutorial and straight waistband photo tutorial.
I'm going to make the "Pink" view with back flounce next, in a turquoise linen blend.
Many more photos and some more details on my blog, Polka Dot Overload.