A Midi Clemence Skirt

black midi clemence skirtI know, I know!  I just made a black Clemence skirt! But I promise you I am not going crazy, nor am I trying to build up a wardrobe full of black Clemence skirts.

I made this skirt because I knew that the other Clemence skirt I made was not going to be all that comfortable during the hot and humid summer as the material was of a heavier weight. But  I wanted a black skirt to wear as I feel that a black skirt is a great wardrobe staple so I decided to make another in a material that would be more flowy and comfortable for hot days.

Originally, I was going to make a Zinnia, but after washing and drying my fabric it shrank incredibly, and there was simply not enough fabric to pull off a Zinnia.  So I decided to go with a Clemence.
black midi clemence skirt black midi clemence skirtThis time I decided to make it into a midi length so I added about 3 inches to the length of my original pattern.  Then I also made the waistband smaller so that the final waistband size ended up being 1.5 inches.  I also made the waistband slightly larger so that the skirt could sit closer to my hips and have a lot more ease for comfort.

I love how just using different fabric and making small changes to a pattern can create a completely different looking piece.black midi clemence skirt black midi clemence skirtThere was a time when I would have thought that this midi length was too grandma looking, even for a modest girl like me.  For the longest time I always wore knee length skirts.  But now I’m really liking this length.  Not for every skirt, but for some variety it’s nice.

How do you feel about midi skirts?  Got any in the making?

A Zinnia

Zinnia by colette patterns I am so excited to finally, finally, FINALLY be able to share a sewing project!  It has been a while since I have.  Things have been very busy for us around here, and a part of me has lacked the motivation to do anything, but I finally got this Zinnia skirt done.

Everything went fine with this skirt until I got to the button holes.  For some reason I was having a terrible time with the button-hole attachment for my machine.  After much fussing with the settings, I realized it must have been a tension issue as when I lowered the tension it seemed to take care of the problem.

I have decided that I really don’t like buttons!  I’d much rather install an invisible zip.  Anyone else feel the same?

Anyway, here is the finished skirt!
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Fabric:  A lightweight material in whiskey.  (I’ve been very bad at trying to find out what the material I purchase here in Ecuador is made of guys, sorry.  Hopefully that will change when I get back to the States.)

Pattern:  Zinnia by Colette Patterns version 1 in size 2.

Changes:  I used the in-seam pockets that are in version 2 instead of the patch pocket that is in version 1.
Zinnia by colette patterns I searched around a bit for buttons.  I was close to buying some dark brown ones, but then the last shop I went into had buttons in the same whiskey color as the fabric, which is what I wanted to begin with so I am really glad I didn’t give up in my search.

Zinnia by colette patterns Ultimately, this was a simple skirt to make and I am pretty pleased with how it turned out.  (Honestly my gathers could have been a lot better but oh well.)  I love the buttons in the front of this version but I also would like to make the other versions in the future.

What I like most about this skirt is the color.  I had been wanting a whiskey colored skirt for some time now so I finally have it!

I think I will be including this skirt in my summer wardrobe but I really think it would look so cute with tights and brogues in the fall and winter so ultimately this is going to be a great multi-use skirt.

My plan is when we move to Florida to switch out some items in my current spring capsule, as the weather is going to be pretty warm when we arrive, so I think I will be switching out one of my skirts with this one as I can’t wait to wear it!

Wardrobe Staple: A Black Clemence Skirt

black clemence skirtblack clemence skirtHere is my second Clemence skirt from Love At First Stitch.  I made this one really quickly!  I was desperately needing a basic black skirt.

I had decided to part with the elastic waist skirt I made a while back.  It was one of my first skirts and I just didn’t like the style of it that much and it was just a little too short for me.  So when I cleared my closet, out it went.  I also parted with the other black skirts I had as they were styles that I didn’t truly love.

So I was left with no black skirt and I had some black fabric stashed away so I decided to go ahead and make another Clemence skirt because that was the exact style I wanted for a black skirt.

At first I made this skirt too big.  I did adjust the waistband pattern I had created for my first Clemence prior to cutting it out but I guess I just didn’t do enough.  I was going to just go with it as it seamed just a little loose, but ultimately I wasn’t happy with the fit so I pulled out my seam ripper and pulled apart the waist band and zipper and took it in and I am so happy because it fits so much better and looks so much better than before.

One of these days I am NOT going to have to take something apart again and again.  (At least I hope!)black clemence skirt

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A Chambray Clemence Skirt


A Chambray Clemence SkirtA Chambray Clemence SkirtA Chambray Clemence SkirtA Chambray Clemence SkirtA Chambray Clemence SkirtAlright guys, this is going to be a quick post.  My Clemence skirt from Love At First Stitch is done!  I really wanted this skirt in a nice blue chambray and I am so glad I found the fabric for it.  I am very pleased with how it turned out.

This is seriously a great style for me.  I love full gathered skirts.  They are easy to make and are very flattering.  I will definitely be making more of these.

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My Delphine Skirt

My Delphine skirtI 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.

My Delphine skirtMy Delphine skirtMy Delphine skirtI 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.

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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:

wardrobe planningI 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?

fabric haulWell that is all for now.  I am thinking about taking a small break from blogging until next Friday.  So till then.

Elastic Waist Skirt

elastic waist skirtThis week I have been feeling a little under the weather and haven’t really accomplished much.  I started my next project, but there it is, still sitting in my study all pinned together, waiting to be stitched.  I was hoping to have it done by now to post, but unfortunately, I’ve been a little lazy and well…I guess it will just have to wait.

So instead, I have this old skirt I made to show you.

elastic waist skirtThis was one of the first things I made a while back.  It’s just a simple elastic waist skirt.  It is very easy to make and is a great beginner project.  It is a very versatile skirt as you can make it with many different types of fabrics or use different size elastic bands.  You can make it any length you want, add or take away fullness, or make it with pockets.

I used a semi-heavy material in black for this one, and a 3/4 inch elastic for the waist band.  I also added pockets.

I like this skirt but I wouldn’t say it is my favorite.  It doesn’t have a lot of shape.  It’s basically just a big rectangle that is synched at the waist with an elastic band.  But it is a really simple easy project and was a great way to get started stitching a garment.

To make this skirt I looked up a bunch of examples and tutorials on-line and I think I would recommend this tutorial by A Small Snippet which shows you how to make it with pockets and even has a pdf of a pocket pattern you can use, and this tutorial by Shrimp Salad Circus, which is just the simple, easy way without the pockets.

I think this skirt looks really cute with tights and a long cardigan.elastic waist skirtelastic waist skirtelastic waist skirt

That’s all I got this week.  Hopefully, next week I will have my next project completed!

A High Waist Gathered Skirt

high waist gathered skirthigh waist gathered skirthigh waist gathered skirtI  am so excited because I just made a skirt!  A real skirt!  Without an elastic waistband (which is all I have tried up until now).  It is a high-waisted, gathered skirt in royal blue and it wasn’t very hard at all. It literally took me forever because I am still so new to all of this and also I made it too big originally and had to take it in a bit.  This was my very first time installing a zipper, so that took me a while to get right also.  It isn’t perfect, by any means, but I am still very pleased with the results.

To make this skirt I did not use a pattern but I did follow a tutorial on YouTube.  (Tutorial here.)  I made a practice one first which did not turn out too well, but I learned from my mistakes and the second one turned out so much better. I just did a couple of things different than the tutorial.  For one thing, I sewed my waistband down first, before I sewed the skirt seam in the back. Another thing I did different was in order to keep the waistband down and secure (after I folded the waistband down on the wrong side being sure to cover where the waistband was attached to the skirt) I turned it right-side out and stitched in the ditch being sure to catch the back of the waistband at the very bottom.

I thought this was going to be difficult or that I was going to do a sloppy job with it, but actually it turned out just fine.  I made sure to go real slow and that helped. Other than that I followed the tutorial and it was very easy to follow so I recommend you checking that out.  I did look up how to instal zippers and referred to my manual since it was my first time doing a zipper.  I also looked up how to stitch in the ditch.  (I liked this video.) So all in all I am very happy with the results and I definitely want to make this skirt again.

As a reference, below are some drawings and what exactly I did to make the skirt.  But all credit goes to CheapButChic who put up this tutorial, which really helped me be able to visualize how to make this.
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1.  Cut out your parts.  The waistband is your waist measurement plus 1 inch (for 1/2 seam allowance on both sides) by 4.5 inches.  For the skirt, you simply cut out a rectangle that is double the amount of the waistband for the width and for the length measure how long you want the skirt to be and don’t forget to add the 1/2 inch seam allowance on the top and the hem amount for the bottom.  Also, cut out some interfacing the same size as the waistband and iron on to the wrong side of the waistband.  This will make it more sturdy.

2.   Now baste stitch two lines across the top of the skirt.

3.  Pull the bottom threads and gather skirt.  Adjust to match the length of the waistband.

4.  Pin waistband to top of skirt, right-sides together.  Sew with a 1/2 inch seam allowance on the top then iron seam facing up and finish the edge.

5.  Fold the skirt in half lengthwise, right-sides together with edges lined up and pin.  Figure out where the zipper will be placed.  Make sure you leave room at the top where the waistband is going to be folded over later.  Mark where the end of the zipper will be.  Straight stitch with a 1/2 inch seam allowance bottom to top stopping at the mark you made for the zipper, then baste stitch to the top. Iron seams out flat then finish the edges.

6.  On the wrong-side, place zipper facing down and tape sides down, or use double-sided tape to hold the zipper down.

7.  Turn right-side out then sew your zipper down.  Switch your foot to a zipper foot.  Start with the right side from bottom to top.  When you get close to the top of the zipper, with the needle in the work, raise the foot (rip the basted seams out) and push the zipper back (opening it up) to get the zipper clasp out of the way to finish the top.  Switch the foot to the correct position and repeat for the left side and make sure to get the bottom also.

8.   Now, with the skirt inside out, fold the top of the waistband down around halfway, iron, then fold again, being sure to cover the original seam where the waistband is attached to the skirt.  Iron and pin.  Then turn the skirt right side out and re-pin then stitch in the ditch (stitch into the seam.) Last you just need to hem the skirt ( I did a large hem about 3 inches) and, oh I almost forgot, add an eye and hook at the top, and you are done.