Things I Learned from the Skirt that Went Awry {Summer of No Pants}

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If I were going to write a tutorial for I made my latest skirt it would go something like this:striped skirt

  1. Measure skirt you’re currently wearing. Marvel that it actually fits you when you know your waist isn’t that small.
  2. Measure where you think you want the skirt to fall on your body.
  3. Cut two pieces of fabric to desired length and width.
  4. Remember that you wanted to make the skirt an A-line. Oops.
  5. Accidentally sew the side seams on the sides you meant to be the top and bottom.
  6. Realize it didn’t really make a difference.
  7. Estimate needed elastic by wrapping it around yourself, reducing the length by a couple of inches.
  8. Sew waistband. Try skirt on and realize it’s way too big. Cut out eight inches (!) of elastic and finish waistband.
  9. Sew hem.

Instead of all that (or in addition to, I guess), I thought I’d share some things I learned while sewing this and the other skirts I’ve made recently.

  1. If you want to make an A-line, it helps to start with pieces bigger than you want your waist measurement to be so you can cut down to that size at the waist. Next time I’ll do it right. Maybe.
  2. Relax, it’s just fabric. Even if you really mess something up you can always use the fabric for something else.

    stripes on skirt
    My stripes don’t line up, and I don’t really care.
  3. I don’t care if the stripes match.
  4. Related though not completely the same: I’d rather have it done than have it perfect. I know my things look like I made them. I also know that I’ll get better with practice.
  5. I like to put my projects on time out when they frustrate me. Which means everything takes twice as long as it should.

    fabric happy
    This fabric makes me happy. And that’s really all that matters.

I still like the skirt, even though it doesn’t in any way match up to what I had in mind. I love this fabric, and that goes a long way.

What has crafting taught you lately?

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