It’s been over four months since I last sat in front of my sewing machine! Life just gets hectic sometimes. Leading up to Christmas was crazy, followed by a fabulous family holiday to the USA (our first time to the States), my Dad’s 70th birthday; which included my first ever public speaking engagement (very daunting!!) and then a truck load of work emails to deal with meant there was no time left to sew.
My crazy husband is away this weekend competing in a half Ironman race in preparation for a full Ironman race at the end of next month; so after getting the kids dinner, bathed and to bed I decided why not get back to the machine? A year ago I had bought a stack of fabric from the States so I decided to make a simple little skirt for my daughter to wear to a party today.
The skirt takes me about 40 minutes to whip up. It’s very easy to make, in fact I think the second thing I ever attempted to sew when I started this ‘learn to sew’ adventure was this skirt. The difficult part was trying to get her measurements at 9pm (in the dark) when she was fast asleep; I managed to do it without waking her! Either she was super tired or I was a genius…
I think the result is pretty good, and by the looks of things she’s pretty chuffed too!
Now I have to try and make some headway on the quilt I started 5 months ago!
For the first time in a very long time I found that I had the whole afternoon with nothing to do. All the house chores were done, the kids didn’t need entertaining because they were exhausted from the mornings activities and my husband wanted to just sit and watch sport on Foxtel so I decided to have a date with my sewing machine and also give my overlocker its first run.
At the end of last year I bought a meter of gorgeous multi-coloured polko-dot material and decided today to attempt to make a multi-layered skirt for my little girl. I love frills on young girls clothes. I think it can add some real interest without it being too girly-girly (if you know what I mean). As I’ve never made anything like this to date I researched via my mentor ‘Professor Google’ to work out the best way to achieve the look I was after. (The amount of information you can find on the internet is astounding). I also had to work out how to use my overlocker which I have to admit took me several hours! (Just on a side note: I’ve learnt that in some parts of the world, in particular the USA an overlocker is called a serger).
I have to admit that I made many mistakes along the way, I think I spent the large majority of the time unpicking overlocking mistakes but I’m hopeful that the second time round it will all be a lot clearer and it should take me one and a half hours instead of a whopping eleven hours! Yes, it took me 11 hours from beginning to end to make this simple little skirt! I think it was well worth the effort though because it’s super cute and I learnt a lot along the way.
I picked up some fun jersey (or stretch) material the other weekend when I went to the Southern Highlands. At the Bong Bong Race Track there was a big sign saying ‘FABRIC SALE’ so I thought “Great, lets get the kids home and get back here”.
So half and hour later I was back at Bong Bong sorting through masses and masses of fabrics. It turns out a lovely old lady had hoarded fabric for the last fifty years and she was about to down-size to a smaller home so it all needed to go. Anyway I found this cute daisy print but it was in jersey – so I thought well I’m still a virgin when it comes to jersey and there’s no time like the present so why not give it a go!
I’m using this great tutorial by Dana to guide me in the right direction. Everyone says that working with jersey is quite tricky but if you read what Dana says she says it’s really not that difficult at all – so here goes! I figure what have I got to lose? The worse thing that can happen is that it’s a disaster and it gets turned into bunting.
I’ve decided to just do a single layered skirt for my first attempt – if it’s a success I’ll try the double layered skirt that Dana has on her site.
The first step is to measure my daughter, then cut the fabric and start sewing it together, trim the bottom with some bias tape, (this part isn’t necessary but it just adds a bit more interest to a very simple skirt), add the elastic waist band and it should be done!
I’m really quite pleased how it has turned out. Just like the Maxi I did the other day I didn’t use a pattern as there was no real need. I even made my own bias binding which was a bit of fun and meant that I could trim the hem in what ever fabric I wanted. My daughter was thrilled with the result and has been wearing it ever since I made it! There’s a real sense of achievement when you have a happy customer!