Self-drafted skirt, take two

17 04 2011

I found this large, shapeless skirt at goodwill, and bought it to make a (linen) muslin:


Using the same pattern as before, I made another ruffle skirt (similar to the Laura skirt in Design-it-Yourself Clothing, but without a yoke). 

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The pictures are not the best (but yay for sunlight!).  Here’s the skirt by itself:


I’m really happy with the fit, the construction, the fabric, everything.  In comparison, the previous skirt feels like a burlap sack.  This is a beautifully heavy, yet soft, fabric.  The zipper is really invisible.  I know I said it before, but I might actually wear this!  I only bother with a skirt once or twice a year and this one has a good chance of being the one.  The top of the zipper is a little weird but I love the look of finishing with a bias facing:


So the zipper instructions say to have the zipper stops 3/4” from the edge of the fabric, and the seam allowance is 1/2”, so there is this weird little 1/4” separation at the top.  Not quite sure what to do about that, but it’s covered by a shirt, so at least it’s not noticeable. 

Since finishing this I have been inspired to sew like crazy but sadly I’ve been having one mishap after another and I feel like nothing is coming out quite right.  I hope I can get my sewing mojo back because it’s time for (drumroll please)…

I have been working and working and working but nothing great yet.  It is my GOAL to get something worth submitting together in time.  I am so excited to see what people are making since I steal all my ideas get all my inspiration from the brilliant people of the internet!

Self-drafted skirt

12 04 2011

Continuing my way (ever so slowly) through Design-it-Yourself Clothes, I drafted a pattern for a skirt.  That was the easy part.  It comes first in the book because it’s basically just a trapezoid, one very simple piece for the front and an almost identical piece for the back.  I actually bought a skirt at goodwill to use the fabric to make a muslin (being cheaper than actual muslin, and a nice linen/cotton blend, at that), but then I got sidetracked and decided to cut up an old ring sling that hadn’t been used in a long time and will probably (definitely, now) never be used again.  Here it is before:

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Isn’t it hideous?  I made if from osnaburg I dyed myself.  I had visions of a lovely blue/purple result, but somehow it ended up looking like a bloody rag.  Needless to say, I didn’t use it much, so for this project I bleached it and dyed it brown.  I wanted to do a ruffle like the Laura skirt in the book but I had to piece together the ruffle so I decided to leave the seams on the outside and let them fray. 

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Sadly, the dye job is still terrible.  You can see the dark blue splotches where the dye wasn’t dissolved completely (brown dye is a mix of red, blue, and yellow, it’s a lot of fun to watch it dissolve).  And overall it looks blotchy.  And it was too long, which is not something I thought I’d ever say about a skirt.  So I shortened it and re-dyed it. 

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In the end I’m not sure how I feel about it.  The fit is undeniably good, which I suppose comes from drafting it to your own measurements.  It has its flaws; you can still see the blotches from the first dye job (upper right picture) and the invisible zipper is not that invisible (lower left).  Beyond that, is it stylish?  Is it ridiculous looking?  The line between the two is thin to begin with and I am not well versed on what falls on which side.  After t-shirts, I am a little bit out of my depth, fashion-wise!  Regardless, I like it well enough and it will probably get worn at least as often as my other skirts, especially since it fits, and after having 2 kids I can’t say that about any of the other ones.  So I guess this is the pre-muslin, and after having made some alterations, I am working on another muslin with the altered pattern.  It should be ready soon if I get up the energy to sew again!

Baby gifts and the beginning of spring

6 04 2011

Just so nobody thinks I fell off the face of the earth… a quick look at what we have been up to!

Some cold, early spring hikes:

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A few days later, a nice sunny day:

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Some cool glimpses of nature:

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We saw a goose (middle picture above) laying eggs in her nest!  It’s so nice to be outside again. 

On the crafty side, I got down to business making some tiny dresses for my niece.  It was so much fun sewing little girl things!  SO.  MUCH.  FUN. 

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The headband came out a little small, so I don’t know if it’ll fit, but sometimes I think I forget how small newborn baby heads really are. 


And another onesie dress.  I don’t have a lot of girly fabrics, otherwise I probably would have kept going and made a ton of these!  The first one took a while since it was all new to me, but after that it was easier.  I am still working (very slowly) on making clothes for myself, but this was a wonderful break.  I hope they will be well used!