Tuesday, January 22, 2013

From pants to skirt.

Yes, I am alive - and to add a little drama: barely. My husband and I have 'planned' our children so well that not only does their birthdays fall in January, right after Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas madness, they are also only two days apart. They turned 3 and 5 years old and this year we held separate birthday parties for the first time. Wilma the 5 year old wanted a non-sleepover (okay I decided the non-sleepover part) slumber party with glitter tattoos and freeze dance and there was just no way that would mix well with Evelyn's young friends so two parties it was. Phewwwww, I need a vacation now AND to sew again. But as they say you don't get everything you want here in life so here is the skirt I sewed.
Do you remember THESE pants that I made for Wilma heavily inspired (okay, kind of directly copied) from a pair of Celine pants? Since I made them I bought this great organic cotton twill and wanted to make her another pair.....and suddenly it hit me that the model could very easily be made into a skirt....for me, horray!

It has side pockets (you can see the burgundy peek out) but is otherwise made just of retangles. I love sewing clothes like that. The drafting of the pattern is easy, there is no need for making a muslin and there is barely any fitting involved during the sewing process. I guess in that way you can call me lacy. It's funny but the better you become at sewing and drafting the longer everything take. You know you can get a perfect result inside and out but you also know that requires not skipping any steps, taking your time both getting the fitting and the actual sewing right and redo when things does not look up to standard. And this is where I come with the usual excuses about how I rarely have more than 1-2 hours continued sewing time and mostly just 10 min here and there during afternoons with the kids so working on a project that will take weeks is just not for me at the moment blah blah blah. But I am really trying to be better because I really want to go back to making other things to adults than skirts with an elastic waist....even though my next project is already in the making and yes, it is another skirt, ha......I said trying!

Sorry for the ugly plastic hanger. Husband is working and my kids, though a year older, not old enough to handle the camera...or model the skirt. I just really wanted the latest post on my blog to be from the year we are actually in, okay! Oh and that big purple polka dot on both skirts photos....I have no idea what happened. Reflection from the sun maybe?

A skirt with a lower band like this calls for a nice hemming, right! Sewed from the outside of the skirt. The seam allowance on the inside is folded 8-9 mm instead of 10 mm which in theory gives the result on the inside as you see above - it might take a little practice though (it certainly did for me!).


  1. I like clothes that are made from rectangles, too, Mie. Love the colours in your skirt.

  2. Cute skirt! I love the colors!

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  3. Very nice! It turned out really cute. I really need to start sewing again! Stopping in from Creative Mondays. Have a good week. :)


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