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Project No. 1: A Simple Skirt




This was the first clothing project I took on since I got my sewing machine a couple of months ago, inspired by this skirt by Creatures of Comfort but instead of having just one side flap I decided to go for symmetry this time.

Initially I thought I'll breeze through making the skirt like it was nothing because hey, how difficult can sewing a skirt like this be? It's literally a just a rectangle. A whole yard of black Italian twill to be exact. But then as I was drafting the pattern I realized I had no idea how to attach the waistband if I stuck to this shape and maintained the sharpness of the edges. It took me hours even before cutting the fabric trying to figure it out and I even made a miniature version to test the method. The process of actually making, sewing, and fitting the skirt took me an entire afternoon, all in all.

The skirt sits on the waist and is closed with an invisible zipper at the back. Note to self: buy an invisible zipper foot for the machine because sewing the zipper by hand is arduous. The hem is kept raw as I liked the contrast of the simple lines of the skirt with the frayed edge.

Upon wearing it for the first time out it felt like I was wearing too much skirt, if you know what I mean.  So much fabric and room to move! The side flaps were unobtrusive, surprisingly. At the end of the day I'd say this skirt was fairly easy to make with only straight stitches needed and attaching the waistband proved to be my single stumbling block on this project. 

6 comments:

  1. This is a lovely skirt and look. You learn so much by attempting things yourself.

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  2. It's beautiful. I quite like the proportions.

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  3. It's really lovely Mika! You did a brilliant job & it hands so beautifully, perfect fabric choice too. I also urge you to get an invisible zipper foot, life is too short for sewing those in by hand! Hah! ;)

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  4. Complicated simplicity, isn't it?
    ...but it looks very good now.

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