I Made a Skirt!

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Hello! It’s starting to look a bit like a sewing blog around here and I apologise for that if sewing is not your jam (it kind of should be!) but here’s the thing: this skirt took me, I’m going to guess, a good 10 hours to make. That’s like 10 chocolate cakes. So it deserves a post!).

This was my most satisfying project to date. I’m not going to say it was the fun the whole time. There were swearing fits. There were bonding moments between me and the sewing machine. I couldn’t stand up straight by the end of Sunday. There is still blue thread and fabric offcuts EVERYWHERE. I’m not sure I wan’t to sew, press, pin, cut or measure ever again. But I do! I’ve already picked my next project ;)

How did I find the Tilly and the Buttons pattern? Well, I LOVED it. It was the very first ‘proper’ sewing pattern I’ve looked at or used. It made a skirt, that I am wearing as I type this so I deem it a success. I don’t know how it would stack up to other sewing patterns. But I do know that in the most part I found the instructions very thorough, easy to follow and accurate. I would buy one of her patterns again (and I probably will soon).

What did I learn? Doing a big project (like a skirt as opposed to a tote bag) is GREAT for improving your sewing skills. I think my lines were straighter by the end of the weekend. I also learnt lots of new lingo and skills. It taught me that good instructions are crucial. Spending money on a pattern is worth it. I learnt that I can do it! And you probably can too. It was slow and sometimes tedious  – I literally spent all of Sunday in my pyjamas in front of the sewing machine – but immensely satisfying. I can’t wait to start my next project.

(Note that it took me 10 hours. It might take you less. I’m still learning and this was my first time sewing a garment. This time also included constructing the pattern as I bought the digital version (which I recommend)). DSC_0079DSC_0085DSC_0092DSC_0096DSC_0125

Ta-da!! (Excuse the dirty mirror. I’m too busy makin’ skirts to clean :D)

cute skirt collage

17 thoughts on “I Made a Skirt!

  1. Heike Herrling

    And what a fabulous skirt it is! This is very inspiring. I keep meaning to pull my machine back out and give it another try, but it always seems to end in tears. Crochet is a lot easier – ha! :)

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    1. Laura Post author

      Crochet seems mind-boggling to me! I think having a good instructions makes such a massive difference with sewing. I’ve gotten stuck sewing before and despite this project being more time consuming I didn’t really get stuck. I also recommend that if you get stuck, just walk away from the sewing machine. Get some headspace. Have some tea and watch some TV. You’ll figure it out when you go back. :)

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  2. Ruth fisher

    Ooh beautiful! I’ve been meaning to make some of Tilly’s patterns! Grain line studios make some really good patterns! I have about 7 versions of the scout t-shirt – it’s pretty satisfying sewing one up in 2hrs and wearing it that day:)

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    1. Laura Post author

      Oh wow thanks for the recommendation, Grainline is such a pretty website and the patterns look great! 7 versions of the scout t-shirt is impressive!! I love that with sewing, if you have a favourite garment, you can make it in a whole range of colours.

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  3. tash

    Love the colour, and the pattern looks very versatile – great with boots in winter and flats in summer!
    well done for finishing.. and I totally don’t mind if you blog becomes a sewy blog… do what makes you content!

    Tash

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    1. Laura Post author

      Thanks Tash. I’m loving it with boots at the moment – hadn’t even thought about it as a summer skirt but you’re right!

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    1. Laura Post author

      Oh thank you! I think I saw my stitching visibly improve through this project which was a really nice bonus. I’m glad you’re inspired! :-)

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  4. Carmen

    Yay you, Laura. Fantastic looking skirt. I’m gonna head over to Tilly’s and have a looksee. Oh and I love that your cat lies all over your sewing. Mine does too, pins and all. Crazy.

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    1. Laura Post author

      Haha he has to be involved with everything. There are paw prints on my pattern. But we love them still. Have fun at Tilly’s and let me know if you make something from her patterns!

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