So about a month ago, my aunt asked me to make a skirt for her Halloween outfit and that prompted me to dig around for free skirt patterns because we wanted to make her outfit on the cheap 😉 Luckily, I found a GREAT pattern that worked out really well and the skirt turned out so cute that I decided to turn around make one for myself. http://www.allfreesewing.com/Bottoms-to-Sew/Dirndl-Skirt This is a Drindl skirt, by Megan Nielsen, who I’m already a big fan of (I’ve bought her Tania culottes pattern, but I still need to hem that project…) and I decided I wanted a white skirt with a floral print because the picture on the website inspired me
OK, that picture looked a lot less blurry on my phone, ugh. Luckily I took more pictures! This skirt was really neat because I got to practice putting in a zipper
I’ve discovered that I really enjoy the process of putting a zipper in, and I was surprised by how well it turned out. I also got to add these really cute button details
I absolutely adore those buttons, they were an impulse buy and I’m really really glad that I decided to get them. And of course, the fact that there are buttons means that there are buttonholes.
My button holes ended up different lengths, which is weird because I used the buttonhole foot and the same button for both and I’m not exactly sure what happened?? I guess my buttonholes were meant to be brothers, not twins. Oh well 🙂
And here’s a picture of me wearing the skirt for good measure. Ok, so taking this picture and trying on the skirt has made me really think about my weight. I’ve been trying to lose weight lately by exercising and trying to eat better and my waist is definitely getting smaller and my pants are fitting more loosely but I can’t help but feel like I still have a large “muffin top” section. This is kind of problematic when I try to make high-waisted skirts because it’ll fit me really well on my waist but then it puffs out a lot because of my “muffin.” I’ll be honest, it makes me feel a tad bit self conscious because I obviously want the clothes I make to fit me as well as possible but I feel like my love handles are preventing that a bit. So, with that in mind, I’m definitely going to keep up the good progress that I’ve been making and this’ll help motivate me. Anyway, this is just a thought that popped up in my head while modeling my new skirt 🙂
Ended up buying a spool of thread that is supposed to be for sergers and is way too big for my spool holder on my sewing machine.
I don’t know what I was thinking when I bought it. OH I DO KNOW! I was thinking “this much thread for $5?! Yes, please…” and now I don’t know what to do with it D: It’s a really pretty color
(put it next to a little black bag because otherwise the spool turned out too dark) and I thought I could use it to make my Skater dress but the cone is just *massive*. What should I do with it? Is there anyway to wind a bit of it onto a bobbin or something?
I know it’s been forever since I last posted and I am so so sorry! I need to get into the habit of blogging right away when I finish making something because that’s what I really want this blog to be for: a way for me to keep track of my sewing progress. Can’t do that if I never post anything! Anyway, I decided to try my hand at making Kitschy Coo’s Lady Skater dress (http://kitschycoo.bigcartel.com/product/the-lady-skater-sewing-pattern-for-teens-and-women) as my first dress ever. I don’t know how bright of an idea that was, because the dress requires knit fabric and I’m very much a newbie. It was frustrating and challenging to try to handle that much stretchy fabric while I had no idea what I was doing and was really just blindly following the pattern. I REALLY should’ve made a muslin of it first because then I would’ve realized that the bodice and arms were too big. I’m not sure if it’s because I took my measurements wrong or maybe am just shaped differently but the top was way too loose in the armpit area.
I ended up going full derp and just sewing up a little triangle and calling it a day >.> I UNDERSTAND THAT THAT’S NOT HOW PROS DO IT. But I’m new so we’re just going to shhhhh, ok?
I don’t think that the effect ended up being too-too bad… but what do I know? Let me know what you think. OH! And I’m not sure if you can tell but the shoulders are wayyyy too wide for me, I am constantly adjusting it whenever I wear it so it doesn’t do some sort of off-shoulder thing. My aunt tells me I can fix that with some clear elastic along the neckline but I don’t know how to get my hands on any clear elastic.
Speaking of clear elastic, the inside waistband is supposed to have clear elastic but the lady at Golden D’or said they didn’t sell any so I made do with what they had.
Also, my stitching was terrible >.> I don’t have a serger so I just used a zigzag stitch and (in my humble opinion) the dress looks really kickass on the outside (!!) but just awful on the inside. But it’s ok because no one will ever see the inside, paha!
How the dress looks! Please ignore my dirty mirror and messy room. I promise that it’s clean right now 🙂 Just not in the picture. I really need to get a better camera… Oh well.