I have a confession. Though I have been sewing garments from over two years now, and though I grew up around sewing, I am afraid of inserting zippers. Especially invisible zippers. I get nervous about waviness and wonkiness, I worry I won’t match it up properly. So I have avoided zippers most of the time when sewing. But when I saw the Adriana Skirt I knew I needed it in my closet. So it was time I face my fear.
This pattern is perfect if you are new to zippers, or even new to sewing. The instructions are clear and detailed. The pleats add an architectural element that make this different than your average skirt and can teach you a new skill or help you hone an old one.
And then there is the zipper. I’ve found I have better results if I steam my zipper a little first so it doesn’t curl in on itself. Most often when inserting a zipper I have to look up an extra tutorial. But the instructions in Adriana are so helpful and thorough, that I didn’t need to do that this time. I carefully followed the steps as listed, and my zipper went in beautifully. I have faced my fear! I can sew clothes with zippers!
I used a printed cotton poplin for my Adriana and I am so pleased with how it came out. It is crisp, but with a slight drape, so the pleats keep their shape, but the skirt still feels casual enough for a summer afternoon. I have been trying to add more prints to my handmade wardrobe, and be a little bolder in my fashion choices. The Adriana is a perfect pattern for experimenting with a color or print that might be outside of your comfort zone. This is a great piece that can be styled up or down, and I am so happy I decided to add it to my wardrobe.