Today, I’m unveiling my Pinterest Challenge! It has nothing to do with home decor but rather sewing. For those of you who haven’t noticed, my “Sew” board on Pinterest has grown to 70 pins – and that’s after cleaning it out. Mostly it consists of fabrics I love, quilt designs, and other baby gifts (like dolls or booties), but there are also some clothing projects on there.
Ultimately, I decided to tackle a maxi skirt because I love them and they are amazing to wear. Seriously, I cannot recommend them enough. If you’ve never tried one on before, it’s like having a blanket around you at all times but you never get too hot.
My inspiration was this pin, originally from Elle Apparel. When I originally found the site, it included the tutorial but that has since been removed (although you can buy it in her etsy store). Since there was no step-by-step tutorial for me to use, I sort of winged it. I’m going to share a detailed how-to next Monday, but this is really the perfect project to start with when it comes to designing your own clothing. It’s a very forgiving skirt.
For today, you’ll have to enjoy my awkward photos. Clearly I was not meant to be a fashion blogger. Or was I…?
No. I definitely was not meant for that.
Seeing as I had never actually made anything wearable before, I was intimidated but determined. I bought two yards of a navy jersey/knit fabric from Joanns when it was on sale and kind of hid it away. After all, jersey fabric is supposed to be intimidating to work with, right?
To be honest: it is and it isn’t (Sewaholic has a bunch of great tips). Ultimately, I think that jersey and knit fabrics get a bad wrap. It’s definitely different from any other fabric I’ve worked with (ie. it’s very important that the fabric pulls in the right direction), so it took me some time to get comfortable, but I would definitely use it again. It’s a great fabric for clothing.
What I created isn’t perfect by any means (note the photo below) but my goodness, it is comfortable. I even felt confident enough to even wear the skirt out in public after finishing it!
The bottom of the skirt was simple enough, but the band was somewhat tricky. At least I thought it was tricky (in actuality, it wasn’t). I created the band and the just stared at it for a few days because I thought it was too small. Turns out, it stretched and was perfect. After attaching the band to the bottom part of the skirt, I did a final seam around to keep it looking nicer. My stitching isn’t perfect, but I think it looks nicer than what I originally had.
My favorite part of this skirt is that if I eat too much spaghetti – which I definitely did on Sunday – I can just unfold the band. No one has to know that I went back and had a second bowl of spaghetti…
…and then 75% of the fresh strawberries…
… followed by some chocolate when I got home.
Something great about making your own clothes is that you can tailor them to you. This skirt isn’t too long or too tight. In fact, I’m so in love with it that I want to go back and get a few other color options – maybe even a pattern! – and make a few more skirts. Ideally, I’d like one for every day of the week so I can wear these all the time.
What did you end up tackling for the Pinterest Challenge? Was it something outside of your comfort zone? Were you happy with the final product? Any ladies out there who are pro-maxi skirt? Would you support me if I argued that maxi skirts are work appropriate?