A couple weeks ago, I ordered some cotton voile to make a skirt. Voile is a special fabric best suited for apparel. It’s normally quite expensive but I got it for almost 70% off and I was pretty excited to try sewing with it. My plan was to make myself a skirt with it for Easter. After I got it, I realized that I was too scared to cut into it and that I needed to make a practice skirt first. Then I realized that I would be doing really well to get one skirt done by Easter and definitely wouldn’t get two sewn. So my practice skirt became my Easter skirt!
I started Friday night by drafting my pattern (using this book as my guide to making a basic drawstring A-line skirt). Saturday afternoon and evening, I cut out, sewed, fitted, and finished my skirt. Sunday morning, I wore it for Easter! Awesome!
Visitors to our house may notice that my skirt is the same fabric as our diaper pail bags!
All told, I only spent about 2 1/2 hours on the skirt. It would have probably been under 2 hours except that my initial pattern was too big and so I had to spend a few minutes cutting down the skirt so that it would fit me.
Sewing clothes is something that I aspire to, particularly after recently reading Overdressed (highly recommended). A simple skirt was a good start. I want to make a fitted waist skirt next. When that will happen is anyone’s guess but at least I’ve begun!
Beautiful, and a great start!
Thank you Mom!
Great job Laura! I’ve really had the desire to start making my own clothes. In particular making a ton of ankle length knit skirts. They are so comfy , look great, versatile, and I think they’d be pretty straight forward to make. Have you heard of Craftsy? I bought one of their video classes when it was on sale (I think half or 75% off) and it shows you how to make 5 different clothing items with knits. Anyway, I think your skirt is amazing and amazed you’ve done so much after having Mark!
Thanks Nicole! Yes, sewing with knits is definitely something I aspire too as well – because then you can make all kinds of clothes! Let me know if that Craftsy class is good. I’ve just signed up for a couple of their free classes and checked them out but I haven’t gone all the way through either of them.
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