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Well, that just sucks.

2 Feb

Alright, so, where did I leave off with the lace skirt?? Pretty close to the start – pieces cut out and the interfacing attached to the waist band.

First step was basting the lace to the shiny fabric. Get this…I actually prefer to baste by hand now.  Thank you FIT class.  I find it easier to remove when it’s not machine “loose” stitches, which are, in reality, pretty tight stitches.

Making a pencil skirt is pretty straight forward, nothing too fancy. The extent of fanciness on this one (besides the lace of course) is some darting. The front and back of the skirt each got 4 darts put in.

Next was some hemming on the slit in the back of the skirt. This step, I honestly have NO idea if I did right, the instructions were very confusing. Perhaps I should ask one of the ladies in the pattern making department…oh did I mention I work at McCalls now?!? 🙂

Next up was stitching the two back panels together above the slit. Quick, done, nice.

Another easy step next, stitch the sides together. Now its looking like a skirt! A really really tiny waisted skirt…crap, I’ll check that later.

The invisible zipper went on next. I like doing zippers because they’ve always been one of the few things I find easy to work with. Great, looks purdddyyy.

Waistband on next -right sides together, stitch, fold over. Ok, now Ill try it on to see if it really is too small annnnddd…..well, that just sucks. Too damn tight! This is the first piece of clothing I have made that wasn’t huge on me. Instead of crying, I put it away, then whined to Chris the next day. He said, well can’t you just take out the seams? He’s right. And that folks is my next mission – take out the stitching from the waistband, the stitching from the sides, stitch the skirt back together all over again so its wider and I’m back to where I am now. In the words of Stimpy, “oh, joy.”

Maybe I’ll do that this weekend or more realistically when I’m done procrastinating, because honestly taking out a million really tiny stitches without ripping lace is not the most exciting thing in the world. Until then…

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12 Cent Store Credit.

30 Sep

The skirt has officially been started!  Tuesday I cut out all the patterns, but didn’t take any pictures.  Really?  I could swear I did, but as of today they don’t exist, so I’ll describe it:  a bunch of paper cut out.  There you go.  Wednesday I cut out all the fabric and this time I have pictures.

I started with the tan fabric.  It took me a little while to decide if I wanted to use the shiny side or matte side, since I want to use it for a nice work skirt, but I finally picked shiny because if I’m going to make a nice skirt, I might as well make a NICE skirt!  Oh and by the way, did you know you can iron the pattern paper?  I always figured that was a bad idea because hot paper goes on fire, but apparently not this kind.  Having a nice flat pattern piece made things much easier 🙂


I had a friend helping me this time


4 pieces make up the skirt: Waist band (top) Front of the skirt (left) Back of the skirt (right, 2 pieces cut) 


Scraps of fabric make Mila happy

Lace pieces all cut out.  This is my first time working with lace and so far it seems pretty manageable…so far.  It was impossible to pin to the pattern, but luckily its not slippery so I was able to cut with just the corners pinned. 


I didn’t realize when I originally bought the fabric that I needed interfacing so I made a quick run up to the Huntington Fabric Depot on break at work.  Thanks for the quality piece lady:


I bought enough interfacing that the hole wasn’t an issue, though I still think I should get a 12 cent store credit for that.  Thursday I quickly ironed the interfacing to the waist band


And that, my friends, is step 1 of 19.

When the clothes you try on suck, make your own.

11 Apr

April 17, 2010

My first solo project was a yellow skirt.  I remember seeing a mannequin in Target that was wearing a bright yellow pencil skirt with a black top and it looked awesome!  I tried on the skirt and it sucked.  So goes most of my shopping experiences.  That’s when I decided to make it.  Off to Joanns….

After the Vogue pattern, i decided to go really easy since I was on my own.  Hence the “1 Hour Easy” statement on the package.  Do you see that asterisk after 1 Hour?  Yep.  That’s for *sewing time.  So the actual time spent sewing is 1 hour, but that doesn’t include cutting, pinning, messing up, etc.  This is along the lines of those 30 minute meal books.  Cooking time: 30 minutes, Prep time: 4 days.  You lie Rachel Ray, you lie.  In all honesty, it took a few weeks with my schedule, but it really wasn’t a hard skirt to make.  New Look patterns, get my “easy” seal of approval.

There were two things on this piece that I had not attempted yet, darts and zippers.  My knowledge of darts ended at the bar and usually by missing the bullseye.  So I checked in with my friends Google and YouTube.  I learned two things 1) a dart is”A v-shaped sewn fold, used to shape the bodice to the bust or the back of pants to the waist. Long double darts with points at each end are sometimes used to taper in the waist of a dress” and  2) this lady knows what she’s talking about:

Thank god for YouTube.  I understood what was going on (for once) and the darts came out good!  The next hurdle was the zipper.  I just dove right into this and tried without any internet help.  Success!

See, the darts are there too too!  Finished it up with some hems and here it is, all done:

Why I wore a green shirt to try this on, I don’t know?!?  But look, it has a cute little slit too!

Ooohhh, I almost see a calf muscle there!  I’m pointing that because I need some proof that the torture I put myself through running is actually paying off.  Skirt success, calf success!!

Chris suggested I take it in a little so it was more form fitting and he was right (he’ll be happy to see that in writing).  It wasn’t just the typical boyfriend wanting to see me in something tighter suggestion, although that may have been part of it 😉

I wore this skirt to work and was so excited….until I realized that the fabric not only wrinkles, it accoridans up after the first sitting.  It just doesn’t stay looking nice.  I was and still am upset about that because I love this skirt.  Maybe it was only a partial success, but I plan on making it again in a better fabric.  I mean, who couldn’t use a bright yellow skirt to cheer them up in a dull office?

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