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.
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. 🙂
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 are de rigueur right now in fashion, so high five to me!
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.
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).
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 🙂