Wednesday, September 17, 2008
a little twirly skirt
I made a new skirt for my daughter last night. Every bit of it was thrifted, except for the thread. I love this soft faded red chambray. My favorite feature: the ribbon around the gathers, isn't really ribbon.
I didn't have anything that matched except this fabric...so I made it! So satisfying to use only what you already have.
I'm really into this skirt, even with its wonk or two, because I learned so many new things a long the way. I can't wait to perfect it with another one. I'm going to confess something...I'm terrified of patterns. I've never really used one, unless I've made it myself. I make mine from clothes I own and know fit well and then sketch it onto newprint/paper. This skirt was no different. I modified and enlarged a skirt my daughter had outgrown. If you are an accomplished seamstress you might not want to read any further...but for those learning or who are like me, a long time sewer who joyfully muddles her way through each project, please read on.
My immediate sewing goals are to get over my fear and try a simple "bought" pattern (it's not like I don't own a bunch) and to make another skirt using these tips a dear friend told me after I made this skirt:
-when basting, to create a gather, use two rows of basting stitches...oh, you knew that...I'm so glad I know for the next one.
-to gather evenly, divide into sections (front divided in half and back divided in half) and pin at each division...sounds logical
-and my new favorite tip from Nikki who knows, I mean really knows, what she's talking about:
how to sew a straight hem or seam
In fact, here is her entire list of sewing tips and tutorials from her blog You Sew, girl! She really is quite amazing and you must check her out.
I'll be watching my girl twirl all day...
Have a happy one!