For starters, despite very careful cutting and sewing, the waist is too big. You know that 2″ I added to the waist at the muslin stage? Yeah, that’s how much too big it is. I’m guessing it’s because linen is less sturdy than the thickish bedsheet I used for the muslin, and it grew during the making process. Does that seem likely, experienced sewists? Because although I lost a pound last week, I don’t think that equates to 2″ off the waist. So anyway, the waist gapes. You don’t need a photo; you can imagine. As a result, I won’t be wearing anything tucked in, even though this style of skirt can look really nice with something tucked in.
Then there’s those pesky scallops, which are meant to be sewn to a point. I don’t understand how you can turn the scallop and get it to sit flat without puckering unless you snip right to the VERY TIP. But my linen is a loose-ish weave, and wants to fray like crazy, so I was sure I’d develop holes there. I tried using fray check, but it left a mark. So I re-sewed the scallop shape to have four straight stitches at the top of each, instead of a point. I think two or three would have worked just as well.
It looks a little bit like a shop awning now, don’t you think? Or would you have thought that yourself, if I hadn’t suggested it?
There’s something else I don’t like about this pattern: the visible hemline. OK, so I couldn’t take a photo that showed it clearly, but believe me, it’s visible. Just do a google image search for Meringue skirt and you’ll see plenty of examples. It makes me wonder why you need a waist facing, and a scallop facing, with a gap in the middle. Why not just make two skirts and sew them together, and ditch the facings? Wouldn’t that work? I’ve googled it and haven’t found anyone else who’s tried it, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work.
So I’m going to try it. With a smaller waist. And a fun lining, that’ll flash a little when I sit or walk. Because I want to end up with a Meringue that I love, and this isn’t it.