I had a really awful sinus infection this past week. It felt as though my head was going to explode. Needless to say, I didn’t feel much like posting. I mostly stayed in bed, but I did get to do a little crochet which I will be posting about at a later time. Finally, yesterday, I felt better. The pain was gone and I could finally focus, so I worked extra hard and got the sewing project that I had been working on done.
It is the Delphine skirt from “Love At First Stitch.”
I made this skirt with a piece of fabric that I got from the discount fabric bin in a local store, and let me tell you, I used every inch of that fabric for this project. I don’t know the exact amount I had but I know it was less than the recommended 1 yard for this skirt. So this skirt really doesn’t need a lot of fabric at all.
I don’t know what this material is (I had gotten it a while ago and never asked). It’s a medium weight but has some drape to it. I like it but I think that this skirt would look better with a sturdier material that can really show off the exaggerated a-line design. I do have a piece of canvas-like material that I am thinking about making into this skirt. However, I don’t know if I will make it next or move on to the next project in this book first.
This material also wasn’t the easiest to work with. It doesn’t crease very well and I am finding that makes a huge difference when you are a beginner, so I’m trying to keep that in mind for my future fabric purchases.
At first, I didn’t like this skirt that much, but after wearing it today it has grown on me and I think I will get more use out of it than I originally thought. I think it would be good to replace my current navy skirt with. My current navy skirt is a really nice skirt from Ann Taylor Loft but it is a pencil skirt and I have realized that I really don’t like pencil skirts very much. I mean I like them. I think they look very sophisticated and look great on other women, but I feel like they just aren’t me. I find now that I am more of an a-line or full skirt kind of gal, and it is time to start embracing that.
I used the size 2 pattern and I didn’t make any alterations to it, however, I think I would have liked this skirt just a tad longer (that’s the super conservative side of me), so I think I will maybe do that the next time I make this skirt just to see if I like that better.
I wanted to put a lining in my skirt so I followed the tutorial over at Tilly’s blog, and she does a good job explaining and showing how to do that with this skirt. It actually wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be.
I chose a bright pink fabric for a pop of color inside. I’m a very conservative dresser, if you haven’t quite yet seen, but I think it is fun to add a pop of color or a bold print to the garment in the lining. I also am very pleased with how it turned out. It makes the garment looks so professional and does a good job hiding my awful looking seams.
This was my first time installing an invisible zip and I have to tell you, it isn’t that difficult. I think it’s just as difficult to instal a regular zipper so why not just go with the invisible, because it makes the garment look much more professional.
I did a practice one first on some practice material and it turned out perfect the first time around. Of course, when it came time to instal the zipper to the skirt, I had a little trouble. Then I realized that it wasn’t me, it was the zipper, it had gotten messed up somehow, maybe from me taking it apart, and anyway I had to use the zipper that I originally practiced with instead, but that one worked out great!
So, since I had a lot more time on my hands this week, because I was stuck in bed with that nasty sinus infection, I decided to do a little wardrobe planning for my future projects. Here is what I came up with:
I enjoy doing this. It gives me a visual of what I want to create. It will be interesting to see how these actually turn out compared to how I envisioned them.
Then, since I was feeling better yesterday, I went fabric shopping and I found these for my upcoming projects. A cute blue and white polka dot cotton print and a chambray.
I realized that I really like blue. I use to think my favorite color was green but I really don’t decorate with green (except plants) or wear it that much, but blue, that I have a lot of. So maybe my favorite color should actually be blue?
Well that is all for now. I am thinking about taking a small break from blogging until next Friday. So till then.