I whipped up the asymmetrical skirt and here is the result!
Overall the skirt is pretty easy to make, but it does have a few tricky elements. Revisiting a sewing pattern from our first issue of Stitch was challenging for me because I know how much we have learned since that first issue. Issue one was definitely a learning curve! So as I was going through the pattern and sewing my skirt I modified some steps along the way to make this skirt easier to sew.
Freebie Friday package #2: Traveler Dresses pattern plus fabric
Cutting the Fabric
The fact that some of the pattern pieces are cut and marked with the fabric right side up, while others are cut on the wrong side can be a bit confusing. I wish we had done a better job of calling that out in the instructions in hindsight! You could actually cut all the pieces for the main skirt and the facing on the right side of the fabric, which could make it easier. The two pieces that are cut on the wrong side (the skirt back and middle part of the facing) are symmetrical so it would work fine. The main thing to remember is to flip your interfacing as well (I forgot to do this and had to recut the interfacing. Sigh.)
Finishing Seam Allowances
The pattern tells you to finish the seam allowances before sewing the seams. However depending on your fabric type it may distort your fabric a bit, especially if you serge the edges. If you pink the edges in advance you may throw off your seam allowance measurements. I recommend seaming the main skirt first, then finishing the seam allowances by pinking, zigzagging, or serging afterwards to avoid this.
Securing the Facing
The way the facing is used in this design is one of the cool aspects of the skirt since you see it on the outside. Because I used silk for my facing, even after I attached and understitched, it still kept riding up a bit since it was slippery. If yours does this too, you could tack it on the side seams with a few handstitches (that's what I did), or stitch-in-the-ditch on the outside to hold it. You could also topstitch ¼" from the edge all the way around as well.
When you get to the hemming, it takes a bit of time to do this since it's a circular hem and you have to do a lot of easing to make it neat. A trick to make this a bit easier would be to sew gathering stitches (long basting stitches) 1" from the fabric edge. Then when you do the twice folded hem you can pull the gathering threads so that the hem naturally curves before you stitch it down.
Another change I would make is to sew the buttonholes before sewing the buttons. This will make it easier to adjust the skirt for fitting purposes.
I hope these tips are helpful and that you enjoy making this skirt pattern. And if you find other Stitch patterns where you think there might be an easier way to do something, share your tips with us. We do our best to make the project instructions as accurate and clear as possible, but I know sometimes it can be hard to visualize certain steps. We are always looking for better ways to write our instructions so that we all enjoy sewing satisfaction and minimize sewing frustrations. So your comments are always welcome!