Ohmygoshohmygoshohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh! I did it! I actually did it! I made a skirt all by myself by following a pattern!
In case you haven’t noticed I’m a wee bit excited about this because…I ain’t got no time for patterns. There’s all that reading and cutting and pinning and cutting and pinning and reading. Blegh. I’m more of a “pin some fabric together in a random way and hope for the best” kinda gal.
However, the other day when I was getting fabric remnants to make my fabric mosaic owl I saw the cutest fabric and knew I had to make something with it. This skirt should take a normal person two hours, tops, to make. I’m not a normal person. I always make things harder on myself and I started by choosing a fabric that wasn’t a normal length. Since it was in the remnant section I had to buy several pieces of it and find coordinating fabric just so I could have enough fabric to make one little skirt. Thankfully I didn’t sabotage myself completely and found a really easy pattern to follow.
I’ve always heard that the sizes in a sewing pattern do not match up to the size you would normally wear. I measured my waist and hips to see what size pattern I should cut out. I swear it told me I was a size 12. The patron saint of sewing must have taken pity on me because I didn’t have enough fabric to cut out the size 12 pattern thanks to my patchwork job. I only had enough fabric to cut out size 8. This still isn’t my size but I told myself that it would be okay because pattern sizes run bigger than normal sizes…right?
What should have taken me about 2 hours took me 3 days. In my defense I was interrupted by little boys and the 4th of July holiday. Also, it took me about 5 hours to figure out what the hell these instructions meant.
I had to seek help from my jill-of-all-traits friend who actually has her own line of super cute children’s clothing. I didn’t even know what a basting stitch was and decided to forget about it based on her advice.
With every stitch I knew I was getting closer to success until finally I had a completed skirt. I even lined it and made a matching headband. I must say, I’m pretty amazed that this looks as good as it does. I even got two compliments when I wore it out the other day and one of them involved the word “Anthropology”.