Here's my second finished piece for the SWAP contest. I'm really happy with how it turned out! It's about as simple as a pattern gets. I just sewed up the fashion fabric (6-year-old $1/yard Wal-Mart cotton eyelet) and the lining (white cotton) pieces separately and then joined them at the top. Then, I inserted the zipper and hemmed the lining. I hand-stitched the top few inches of fashion fabric and lining together at the side seams and darts to keep things in place. So simple, and I'm sure I'll get lots of wear out of this this summer. The bonus of an A-line skirt and a changing body is as I lose baby weight, it will just sit lower on my hips.
Here is a shot of the zipper. I think I might be happier with an invisible zipper, but I wasn't going to go out and get one for $1/yard fabric, and it's a casual skirt anyway.
And here's the lining stitched to the zipper on the inside.
Here's a close-up of the border on the eyelet. It's so simple and pretty.
In knitting news, I finished the lace scarf I've been working on on-and-off since July. Just have to block it. Here's a sneak peek.
I've already cast on for another lace scarf (this one for a gift if it's finished in time). The pattern is from Victorian Lace Today, by Jane Sowerby. The book was a Christmas gift, and I want to make almost everything in it! The border on my just-knitted scarf is from this book as well. Here's a picture of the one I'm starting.