Tuesday, July 26, 2011

I Made It! -- Black Skirt with Yellow Detail

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Two weekends ago I taught my cousin and a friend how to make a skirt from the pattern above. I chose an "easy-to-sew" pattern because I was helping people sew that were beginners. I also knew this would be a project we could start a finish in a day... and to be honest, I have project a.d.d. If I can't finish it pretty quickly, I lose interest!



I was so busy going back and forth between the two gals that I didn't have a chance to work on a skirt for myself.  So last Friday night I taught my boyfriend's daughter how to sew and I worked on a skirt for myself at the same time.  When I picked out my fabric I chose a fabric with a subtle yellow detail so I could expand the amount of things I have to wear with my favorite yellow shoes. Surprised?

Here are a few of the steps along the way...

 
Look closely and you can see the start of a pocket on the side panel.

Pinning the front panel to the side panel.

A better picture of the pocket after the side panel was attached to the front panel.
 
Doing a top stitch along the side seam and a close-up of the fabric.


I'm really happy with the finished product.  I think I may add a button in the middle of each of the pockets to hold them closed.  It would also help the skirt to look a little less bulky on the sides.  I like this pattern for the most part and will use it again.  It is easy enough for me to alter and was great as a quick project. 

While I've been sewing since I was in 5th grade, I don't usually prefer sewing clothes.  Most of my projects are blankets, bags, whimsical purses and other little projects.  I can't tell you how many clothing projects I've started and walked away from more than half way through. I either get overly ambitious with my pattern choices or I find that the size I picked is WAY too small a good ways into the project

My biggest advice to any beginning seamstresses (or even forgetful people like myself) is to go by your measurements and NOT your size.  Case in point - when I took my measurements, I fit in to a size 22 on the pattern and typically when I go shopping I buy anywhere from a size 12-16.


Something about a poofy skirt makes me want to spin like a little girl and jump around... and I took pictures to prove it! 

By the way, hair today is compliments of the Bed Head Deep Waver... I'm a fan! It heats up in 30 seconds, provided nice waves, and was really easy to use.  Thank you Bed Head for sending the Deep Waver!

Outfit Details
Skirt Pattern: Simplicity 2224
Skirt: I Made It!
White T-Shirt: Old Navy
Black Elastic Belt: New York & Company
Yellow Flower Wedges: Steve Madden via Off Broadway Shoes
Yellow Beaded Necklace: Macy's 

6 comments:

  1. Looks good! Where did you get your fabric from? I made a dress recently and working on an apron.

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  2. I picked it up a Joann Fabric. I need to venture in to San Francisco if I want to continue working on clothes. Joann is great for quilting and project fabric but I'm not interested in wearing many of the fabrics there.

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  3. I wish I knew how to sew well. That's such an adorable skirt!

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  4. Super cute skirt!

    How about a "teach a friend since elementary school how to sew" night? I have a sewing machine I really don't know what to do with....

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  5. Love this skirt, and your shoes!

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  6. Found you via Fab Finds Under $50's August Inspiration Calendar and am looking forward to adding some yellow to my wardrobe thanks to you! BTW-- your skirt looks great as does your outfit!

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