So you may remember the dress I made a couple of weeks ago. There was some fabric left over and it was just enough to make a skirt. It's just a simple skirt with elasticated waist, but it suits the jersey fabric and is comfortable to wear.
That's another big bolt of fabric gone from the crate. The dress making will have to go on the back burner for a little while, there are a few other things that need to be done first.
As some of you know, I managed to acquire quite a bit of gifted fabric. The aim is to get it used and to improve in my sewing skills. Sometimes, the fabric may not be to my taste, but I've never been one to look a gift horse in the mouth, so when I needed to fabric to make a skirt to prepare for this month's take I went 'shopping' in my crates.
The positives of the fabric was that it was light and perfect for a summer skirt. The downside was, I wasn't particularly keen on the print, and although I do like green, it's not a colour I usually wear. However, waste not, want not, I was going to use it.
As it began to take shape, my opinions began to change. Actually, in a skirt, it doesn't look that bad and the longer I looked at it, the more I liked it. Sometimes, we just have to give fabric a chance, first impressions aren't always the lasting ones. That's just as well as there is more of the fabric left. Now, I have to work out if I make another skirt, or if I could live with it as a summer top. I'll let you know when I decide.
Make A Simple Skirt
For a number of reasons, my focus over the last couple of weeks has been on skirts. Firstly, this month's featured class is making skirts and, as I am looking for some summer clothes and have a crateful of gifted fabric to get through, it seemed the perfect opportunity to get making.
I will normally just do a simple skirt with elasticated waist, but I've changed it up a bit this time. Instead of making the skirt with a single panel, I've used two and inserted pockets. I was quite pleased with myself, they fitted and were the right way around! It's now been washed and pressed and ready to wear, or it will be when I've finished making the top to go with it!
Make A Simple Skirt
So this one could have been an absolute disaster. I had an idea for a dress, and on paper it looked good, in practice, it was far from good. I'm just glad I hadn't had to pay for the fabric, so making mistakes doesn't feel so bad.
The first incarnation was made, tried on and looked hideous, so back to the drawing board. Maybe taking out some of the fabric would help.
The second incarnation was made, tried on, and although not as bad as version one, was far from being wearable. Back to the drawing board.
The third incarnation turned the dress into a skirt, it's wearable, but it'll be back to the drawing board as far as that version of a dress is concerned. I do have an idea, but time will only tell if it gets as far as being a wearable design.
In the meantime, I have a few days to try and get something made for July. I have a feeling it might just be catch up time again in August.
No, I haven't got the date confused, I'm just catching up with #MMAW 2015. I'm determined to work my way through those crates of acquired fabric one way or another.
There wasn't much of this fabric, but it was enough to make a skirt. This is the same pattern (made up) that I've done the last few skirts, even the little girl's skirts. It so versatile.
As there wasn't so much fabric this time, the gather is a lot less than the first one I did, but I'm still pleased with the way it has turned out.
So, that's May done, just June and July to do now to catch up.
Do you remember the skirt I made a couple weeks ago? Well, there was some fabric leftover. It wasn't enough to make anything for an adult, but I thought it would be perfect to make something for children. This is where friends with little girls come in useful.
Having been sent the girls measurements, I used the same formula as when I made the skirt for me and in just a morning, I had a skirt for each the them.
Although I've never had girls to dress, I do love seeing little girls clothes. I'd always thought, if I had a girl, I'd start making little clothes and working my way up to adult ones. Much as I love my boys, I didn't have the same confidence about making clothes for them.
After the success of this skirt, I think I'm going to raid my fabric crates. I already have one piece out ready for another skirt for me, but I'm sure there must be more in there.
Still catching up with the clothes sewing and April's project is a skirt. This is fabric that I acquired and seemed perfect for a light and summery skirt for the summer.
Again, I've not used a pattern. I've now sussed a formula which will work for any size and is so simple to do. The skirt is gathered, with a separate waistband.
It just needs a good wash and a press and it will be ready to wear. I may just have to go through and see if I have some more fabric that will make a good skirt.
I've been slowly going through some of the huge pile of fabric I have. This was leftover from a dress I'd made, so I did a quick and simple elasticated waist skirt.
Very slowly, the fabric is getting used up. I've just got a zip, so hopefully, another piece of leftover fabric will be made into a usable skirt. Just don't hold your breath, it might take a little while.
This was fabric that I collected via Freegle. You may recognise it, I used it in the pillowcases that went with the purple themed quilt and for the bow tie for Daniel.
There was enough left over to make a simple (yes, I don't do complicated) A line skirt. I know I said I wasn't in the habit of making clothes for other people, but this is going to someone else too.
I didn't have enough fabric to make it big enough for me, so given the choice of losing weight or giving it to a friend, the friend won! That means, I still need to make myself a skirt, I'll have to dig into the fabric crate again.
I have had a lifelong love of crafts which started with being taught how to knit at a very young age. It didn't take long to realise that great joy and satisfaction came from making things. Even now, I get a thrill seeing something that started just as an idea, becoming a finished product, whether I make it, or teach someone else how to make it.