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Simplicity 8300, Frayed Hem Simple Skirt

 

After a little hiatus from sewing, I think I’m ready to get back into the groove! I’ve decided for 2018 I will step outside my comfort zone and explore what fashion has to offer. I still love my vintage, but fashion to me is fluid so off I go flowing into other designs!

I love capsule wardrobes, which what I get from it are pieces of clothing that work together with other pieces you own. All separates work with the other separates. Shades, silhouettes, fabrics all harmoniously combine into a go-to, fail safe look. Now I like that idea, but the other half loves haute couture, slightly futuristic, interesting prints, textures, and weird combinations. Soooo, I’m going to try both.

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After looking at styles and my closet, I realized I needed more staples. I decided on skirts first. View A of Simplicity’s 8300 “Learn to Sew” was a great start. I would tell you about the pattern instructions, but I didn’t follow them. This skirt is pretty simple…darts, side seams, zipper, waist facing. From start to finish this skirt took me an hour and a half (only because I decided to sew in the zipper by hand with prick stitches). All in all the pattern was simple enough for me to get back into sewing with instant gratification. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Now let me tell you about this fabric. One, I love it. I purchase it at Fabrictopia, which is a great local store here in San Antonio. Great customer service, friendly staff and lots and lots to choose from. I chose a woven fabric with colors of grey, white and black. It has a great texture like a soft version of an outdoor mat. Two, it frays sooooo much. Now I did leave the frayed selvage alone and did not hem this skirt. I liked the frayed hem and it wasn’t going to fray any more on that end. I read somewhere on Pinterest that frayed hems areย de rigueur right now in fashion, so high five to me!

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Since I do not own a serger and my circa 1940’s Singer Featherweight does not have a zigzag stitch, I decided to finish the side and center back seams with double fold bias binding. I actually love how it looks on the inside.

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The waist facing on the inside was simple. I didn’t want to use the skirt fabric since it would of been bulky as heck. I had some grey suiting remnants, made a command decision and did not use interfacing (only because I did not have any on hand).

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And viola! Skirt complete (don’t mind my pink sneakers). I love how it turned out. I will take outfit photos when I figure out what to style it with. I’m so looking forward to 2018 and experimenting with more patterns and looks ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

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