Thursday, September 15, 2011


This is gonna be picture heavy...

Needless to say, I definitely did NOT get this skirt done in time for the rock show I went to a couple weeks ago.  I've come to the realization-I sew slowly.  There, I said it.  I read others blogs and they talk about how they can whip this up in 3 hours, um, not this lady.  Granted, I boned (giggle :) the waist band and lined the skirt, hand picked the zipper, but I won't divulge the total time.  Let's just say there were many episodes of That 70s Show, 3rd Rock and Angel (don't judge!) that passed while I worked.

The boning, hand picked zipper and lining were all firsts for me and they made all the difference-I LOVE the end result!!  This fabric was a great find at a local vintage shop, $10, think it was a table cloth, probably about 1 1/2 yards, forgot to measure.

I used Gertie's tutorial for the boning, found here

Here's my front waist band pieces lined with cotton flannel and seam allowances cut away (hand basted, might I add!)

Prepping the facing, made of muslin and heavy interfacing, to add boning channels

Sewn boning channels, notice the bottoms are not sewn, to insert boning (omg, who knew sewing could be so naughty!)  I burned the interfacing a bit, hence the yellow stain on there-whoopsie!

Then I sewed the waist band to the skirt, and pinned the invisible zipper in place.  I used a prick stitch. My first time and I felt like I had total control over the zipper, probably will be my go to method from now on!  After the zipper, I sewed the facing to the front waist band following the directions of the pattern.

At this point, I get scared y'all.  I start finding other stuff around the house to do, walk the dog, clean something-but the skirt kept calling.  It was time for the lining.

I used a bemberg rayon, which is heavenly to touch, but slips around like crazy.  To cut it out, I put down a layer of tissue paper on my cutting board, then sandwiched another layer when I put it on the fold. Then I sewed it all together with tissue paper to stabilize, then ripped it out after seaming.

I sewed the lining exactly like the skirt.  Then I attached it BY HAND to the seam allowance of the waist band/skirt seam and the zipper tape. Heheheheh, so proud of myself.    

Then slip stitched the facing to the lining

But, I think next time, I'll put the lining into the skirt before attaching the waist band or zipper to save time. Plus, now I have a double row of hand picked stitches visible on the zipper tape. No biggie, though.

Now, on to the hemming.  I used a stashed grosgrain (?) ribbon I had, gathered the skirt a bit, flipped that baby up almost 2" and hand sewed it to the lining.   Starting to see why this damn thing took me so long??

Look at that zippah!

 And the hem

 And for the finale...TADA!


I just adore the shape of the waist band!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 2, 2011

if you love fashion...

My dear friend Terri at Affordable Cool posted this today and I love it!  Yes, it's an ad for a mall, but who cares :)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

PJ's and upcoming projects

Hellooooo!  I'm back from a 2 week trip and getting all settled back at the casa.  Lots of fun with laundry, bills and unpacking, yuck.  But great to be back with my bed and sewing machine and sweet dog!

Before I left, I continued with my Colette pattern affair, making a couple of the Madeline Bloomers.

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I usually wear old yoga pants, or tatty knit skirts, or my husbands absolute favorite (not) my Asian printed pink pj pants. Now, I'm only 5'2" and these pants are cropped and have a really low crotch depth.  Basically they look awful on me, haha.

I have a bunch of stash fabric and these bloomers are perfect for stash busting.

For obvious reasons, I'm not gonna model these, lol.

Of course, the first pair, with the pink flowers, I decided to go rogue and do things my way.  I omitted the casing on the leg edge and used 3 rows of elastic shirring.  They were kinda loose because of it, even after trying to shrink the elastic with some steam action, but I just don't care that much. And now, after washing and drying, they are perfect!

I found the crotch depth a wee short on the floral ones, so on the red polka dot ones I added 2" to the waist.  Other than that I did exactly as the directions suggested.  Must say though, I'm not a fan of the ribbon casing. It just feels a little tight. Maybe I should just cut a longer length of ribbon?  Hmmm.

Needless to say, these get a big thumbs up from the husband. I'll probably make more, and do the elastic on the legs again.

And a sneak peak of what's next!!  I'm SO excited to be home and have my machine again.  Man, it is hard being away and not sewing.

Two vintage fabrics, and one new pattern (Birthday present to myself, thank you very much!)

I'm gonna head to a rock show tonight to see the band, John Wayne Bro. I know I'm not supposed to sew on a schedule, but I really, really wanna finish the purple flower skirt for tonight, we'll see!

Off to cut into some fabric...