Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Wrap Skirt for my Mom

I have been wanting to do a wrap skirt for a while now, so I decided to make one for my momma. Now, I love the idea of patterns, but rarely follow one the way I am supposed to. It is definitely more out of laziness than me thinking I know better than the pattern maker. In fact, whenever I hear of a $1.99 or even better 99 cent pattern sale (Hell-O, Hobby Lobby), I AM there!! So I have tons of patterns that I flip through for inspiration, but rarely use after I have read through it and see any of the following words....facing, interfacing, zipper, HIDDEN zipper, darts, etc... I know, I know, these words are usually in most patterns. But they just terrify me! The thing is, I know how to do all of these things, they are just time consuming and sometimes tedious. When I am sewing in the middle of the night or even during the day having to stop every 15 minutes to do a child napping check, my brain is too scattered to think about how to do it or I just forget to do certain steps and then have to go back and redo it!!! UGH! So, I tend to stay away. If you haven't noticed by now, most of the things I do are quick and easy!! So anyway, I pull out this pattern:
Can you see on the package that it says 1 Hour Skirt, yeah... not for this novice!! This skirt has the words facing AND interfacing. So I cut all of the pieces and iron on the interfacing. I serge all of my skirt edges and that's about as far as I make it in that sitting. Next time I have a chance to work on it, I make the pockets and sew the skirt together. Now it is time for the waistband... well, I'll just do that later. So it is now later, and I am ready for attaching the waistband. I sew and turn the tie that will be sewn into one of the waistband seams, sew the front waistband to the back waistband piece, remembering to insert the tie, thankfully! Oh, but look, the waistband is not matching up with the skirt and is all puckered....so I get the seam ripper. About 20 minutes later....I'll just do this tomorrow when I am not so tired. Tomorrow comes and goes. And the next day. But the next day is the last day I have since I want to give it to her that weekend, so back to the waistband. This time it matches up better with just a few gathers. I try it on, but can't really tell since it is not my size and I don't have the facing on. So I decide to bring it to my momma for a fitting. She likes it and says it will fit fine, quit worrying and finish it. So two weeks later....

And the pockets....

Putting the facing on was not as bad as I thought it would be. But I did not do a button like it said to because I didn't want to put a button hole without knowing where to put it on for her waist. Instead the next time I visited I brought the almost finished skirt with a metal hook/ eye set to sew on once I had a good placement. But time got away from us, and I just left it for her to do. Sorry momma! It is hard for me to say whether or not I like this pattern. Once it was done and everything kinda came all together, it didn't seem as bad as it did when I was actually doing it! Can you relate? So, I found this book at the library and it has a wrap skirt pattern I will try on a skirt for me, come to think of it, this will be the first time I am making something for me to wear. Huh! Anyway, it is called sew what! Skirts and I will be sending you to Lisa at U-Handblog since she did a review and has pictures of the book! Thanks Lisa! So once I finish it and have something to compare it to, I will decide whether or not I like this pattern! :) And then I'll think more about making more stuff for me!
Well, I am especially scattered-brain tonight so I will leave you with a link to Amy of During Quiet Time, who was one of the winners from my SMS May Giveaway day. She did a sweet post with her sweet girls wearing the tutus she won! I FINALLY made it to the Post Office last week....yeah, I know, I am a MONTH behind, but they forgive me so all is well! As soon as I hear from Tam on the Gold Coast of Australia, I will post pictures of the tutus I sent out! I got an email from Michelle in Minnesota confirming that she received hers. She is thinking about starting a blog about the wooden toys she makes, which I am sure are beautiful. But I think all things wooden are beautiful, so I'm easy! So hurry up Michelle, we are waiting to see your creations!! Until later...

5 comments:

Allie said...

Oh my gosh. I could've written this, girl, I can so relate to the whole pattern thing! Give me quick and easy any day. That skirt turned out really darling, I love it, and I am most impressed hon!

Hootie said...

I love the lines and the colors! Very fun!

I always think I'd like to make clothes for myself and then I chicken out. I feel like I can do it, but I still get intimidated!

You're a sweet daughter! :)

Stephanie and Carlos said...

Nice... Anything that sparkles... I am instantly attracted to...

xo Steph

tammiemarie said...

I really like the skirt! I should make me one - but I have the same pattern aversion as you! I've been wanting to check out that skirt book, I don't think our library has it though.

emadethis said...

That looks great! Your Mom is a lucky lady. I love how nice the stripes match up--that stuff makes me crazy. I'm not sure who these "1 hour patterns" are for--they must be little robot people because I can't imagine sewing ANYTHING in an hour...hmm...the mobile has ceased to be amusing to Noah.