I got the book Sew What! Skirts a few months ago and finally got a chance to try it out. The concept is really appealling: draw your own pattern to match your unique body. I read through the instructions and picked a skirt and started creating.
While the idea really appeals to me, this method of skirt making did not work as well for me as I thought it would. I measured carefully. I drew carefully. I’m not an artist so it’s possible my curves weren’t drawn as well as they should have been. What I ended up with was a skirt that was WAY too big in the waist with pokey hips.
I’m a clothes-sewing novice so I’m not sure what the problem is, but it seems to me that one of the problems is this: the measurement for the front piece and the back piece are the same, even though *most* of us have bottoms in the back. So I looked through the book again and it says that if you are particularly curvy, you might need to add darts to the back and there are instructions to add inches for the darts before cutting. Well, okay. While I hadn’t added any inches in the original measurements, darts were really necessary. Hubby had to help me pin them after I poked myself a few times in the bottom – ouch!
So this is the Polka Dotty skirt. I learned to do slits which it turns out are SUPER easy. I don’t think I picked a good fabric for this skirt, so it may turn into a purse or mini patchfolio. Has anyone else sewn a skirt from this book? Should I try another one or give up? I’m interested to know your thoughts.
A few people have asked about the mini patchfolio pattern. Estimated time until completion: 2 weeks.
And the kite? It hasn’t flown. Yet. I really think it’s too heavy to fly – double layers of fabric and binding plus wood dowels need a pretty strong wind. If I were to do it again I’d use one layer of fabric, leave the edges raw, and use some lightweight plastic for the cross bars. Sounds like a good homeschool activity that the boys can make themselves when they’re older.
And school has started at CraftApple homeschool. Our Chinese school changed their class days to Sunday so we had to drop out and guess who has taken over the kid’s Chinese instruction? That’s right. Me. Thankfully the internet is here to remind me of how to say obscure words that the kids keep coming up with. “Mom, how do you say winter wonderland in Chinese?”