I never got around to talking about my goals for the year on here, but most of them involve improving on some basic skills I have. I have really wanted to get better at sewing and go beyond simple alterations and aprons, and I figured by setting a goal for the year would help keep me on track. My plan is to sew one clothing item per month- which will mostly be dresses, and “A Dress a Month” just sounds better than “A Piece of Clothing a Month”, don’t you think?
When I first learn to sew about 8 years ago, I made a few pieces of clothing, but I haven’t made more than a simple elastic waist skirt in years. Even though I mostly want to make dresses, I thought I’d kick of January with a skirt- something a little simpler, but still challenging me with details. This pattern is called the Sewing School Skirt, because you get comfortable with pleats, buttonholes, and a fitted waistband. I hadn’t made buttonholes in years and these are pretty terrible, but at least they improved by the time I finished.
This vintage fabric came from a friend’s grandmother, a huge collection I inherited a few years ago. There are some great patterns in the collection and she bought a few yards of everything, so I’ll have enough to make some clothing pieces out of them. I was definitely nervous cutting into it, but figured it’s time to get over that or it’ll never be put to good use.
The pattern runs vertically on the front and horizontally on the back, which I wish I could say was my original plan. As I was cutting I realized I didn’t have enough length for it to all go the same direction, and after some swear words, thought it may actually lend itself as a design element. I actually really like it now!
pattern: Sewing School Skirt from Sewing in a Straight Line by Brett Bara
fabric: vintage, gift
top: F21 (old)
shoes: vintage, thrifted
It took me quite a few hours this weekend but I feel really good about getting it finished before the end of January so I can stay on track with this goal!This entry was posted in diy, outfits and tagged crafting, DIY, dress, Dress a month, lucky, outfits, sewing, vintage. ← What to Wear: a cozy night in watercolors… →