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08 June 2012

I Sewed a Skirt!

When you get a new toy, you want to play with it! I thought that since I've now had my sewing machine nearly two weeks, it was time to start a slightly more adventurous project. Inspired by the tutorial found here, I decided to make my own version of the "Taking Notes" skirt. I couldn't use the "adult" size pattern, and I definitely couldn't use the "12 months" size pattern, so I cut my own somewhere in between the two sizes. It's still a little big, but I just tie it tightly.
Now, in addition to all the sewing in straight lines that I got to try out on my last projects, for this one, I got to sew a curved line, use interfacing, do a zigzag stitch, gather fabric, and do buttonholes! There were lots of new things to figure out. I decided that the buttonhole making function on my sewing machine is magical. I love buttonholes! I hereby resolve to include buttons and corresponding holes on all my projects from now on.

14 comments :

  1. That's so cute!
    I want one^^

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  2. Great job. I'm new to sewing as well. I've been sewing pillows and tote bags for the last month! I want to try a skirt, but I still need some work on keeping my stitches straight. Great job! :)

    xo, Jess
    http://thedelightfulcrafter.blogspot.com

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  3. Thanks so much for linking up!

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  4. Cute! Thanks for sharing at Bacon Time.

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  5. I must say I am super jealous! I have made several failed attempts at sewing my own clothing! Maybe I will give it another try!

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    1. haha, thanks! It's definitely worth a try...I just decided to start with the absolute easiest thing I could find so that the opportunities to mess up would be as limited as possible. It worked this time!

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  6. Sweet and simple! I found fabric that I could not live without, so one of these days I'm going to make a summer dress out of it. This skirt looks so much simpler that I think I'll have to give it a try.

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    1. Thanks! The skirt worked well for me with my newbie sewing skills, I'm not at all confident enough to try out a dress yet!

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  7. that is so cute!! I love it!

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  8. Your skirt sits so well on you!!! Love the polka dot and the tie. I love buttonholes on my machine too. Have fun with your new toy!!! ... thanks for linking up @Threading My Way.

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  9. Hey I have a question! I want to make one of those skirts but I can't figure out how to adjust her pattern to make it the right size for me. How did you figure out how to cut the pattern pieces? I'd really appreciate any help!

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    1. I'm assuming you want a smaller version of the pattern? I just printed out her original pattern for the waistband, taped it together the way it was supposed to go, and put the paper around my own waist, at which point I noticed that it was way too big! Keeping the thickest part of the waistband in the front middle, I shortened the waistband pattern by cutting the ends on both sides. I also decided that with a much smaller waist, the waistband was too thick (high) for my frame, so I shortened it nearly an inch all the way across the pattern. Hopefully that helps--as you read, I'm new to sewing so I don't know all the correct lingo!

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  10. That skirt looks great!! You've got some awesome sewing skills, which I do not! I'd be too afraid to attempt clothing because I'd probably sit down and split my pants or something. ;) Thanks so much for linking up at my Throwback Thursday party and I hope you'll come back next week!

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  11. The skirt is so cute, I would like to make one too. I have the pattern for the waist band. Where is the pattern for the skirt, or how do you figure it out?

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