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Flowered Skirt– Project 1

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One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to use my fancy-schmancy sewing machine that I purchased last year to make 3 useable/wearable items. Last year, I made a silky flowered maxi dress but it didn’t turn out quite as well as I would have liked and so it lives under my bed. I know that the only was to get good at something is to practice, so that’s what I aim to do: practice sewing. There are some basic and foundational skills that I am not very good at!

Since I am out of school for the Summer, I have had a lot of free time on my hands and I have turned my attention towards making some of those resolutions happen. The first one that I started with is making a skirt. I’ve had this pattern for quite some time. I actually bought it awhile ago with some black fabric and black lace to make a pencil skirt, but never started the project. But, I thought that the other version of the skirt would be a great (and simple) project to get my going.

I went to Wal-Mart and picked out some inexpensive fabric and all the notions to go along with the pattern. For this particular item I needed less than 2 yards of fabric, thread, half-inch binding, a zipper, and a hook and eye. I already have hooks and eyes and thread, so I just needed to pick out the fabric, binding, and a zipper.

I selected a blue flower printed cotton-bend for my fabric. And, pulling from the dark purple/navy color of the flowers, went with a navy zipper and binding. Later that afternoon, I came home and threw my fabric into the washer to pre-shrink it before cutting out my pattern. One mistake that I have been making in the past was selecting my modern-day garment size. With patterns, there is a huge difference! Our manufactured clothing has changed its sizing over the years–call it vanity sizing or whatever you want, but back in the day there was no such thing as a size 0, or 00! But, patterns have not undergone these changes. For instance, in most skirts I would buy anywhere from a 4-8, just depending on the manufacturer/retailer. If it’s a “juniors” item, I would need a larger size and if it’s a “misses” a smaller size. But, for my pattern I selected size “16.” I selected this size based off my measurements and the information on the back of the pattern envelope. Plus, I know that I can make a too large skirt smaller, but that a too-small skirt is worthless to me!

The next day, I ironed my fabric and pattern pieces. Then, I pinned the pattern to my fabric and cut it out, making sure to follow all layout directions. Then, it was time to get sewing! This part went pretty quickly–all that I had to do was sew the front to the back, put in the zipper, add the binding along the waist, and then hem the bottom. The only part that gave me a bit of trouble was the binding! Plus, I wanted to make sure that I took my time and didn’t rush. That’s what usually gets me into trouble—I get so excited that I rush through the process and I make small mistakes along that way that end up magnified in the end and render a garment unusable.

Once I had the skirt all assembled, I did need to make some fit adjustments. I took it in about 2 inches on the side. This made it so that the skirt fits me and doesn’t fall off! I actually could have taken it in a tiny bit more, but I didn’t want to risk it. All in all, the skirt turned out well. I think now that I have one under my belt, I could make a few more and really perfect the fit!

Flowered Skirt 5

I am planning on using this pattern, with lots of adjustments, for another skirt! I want to do a black skirt, but I want it to have two tiers, the bottom one being about and inch or so longer than the top layer. Also, I am thinking about forgoing the zipper entirely, and using a two or three-inch black elastic for the waist. I want it to be sort of casual skirt. This is what I (somewhat) envision the final product to be like, here.

What do you think?  Any intermediate or advanced sewers out there have any tips for this novice?  I’m all ears.

-Carla

2 Responses to “Flowered Skirt– Project 1”

  1. Teach in Style − 2014 Resolutions Check-in/ Update

    […] another pair of jeans for work a few weeks ago, and I posted about completing my first project, a flowered skirt.  I am in the process of making another skirt with the same pattern, using those adjustments that I […]

  2. Jonathan

    Looks like you did a great job! When do we get to see you in it?

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