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