I sewed my first article of clothing!
I didn’t take any photos of the process. Sorry about that. But if you click the tutorial that I linked above, they did a really good job of outlining the steps (and including photos!).
I was actually setting out to make a maxi skirt for myself when I decided to tackle a sewing project. The maxi skirt tutorial called for elastic thread. I was a little nervous about using elastic thread but Prudent Baby made a great suggestion. So in case you’re curious, because I have a sewing machine with a “drop-in bobbin” (and I have no idea what that really means… I looked up the specs on my sewing machine to confirm that it was a “drop-in”) – I couldn’t hand wind the bobbin like most of the tutorials suggested. Prudent Baby said to machine wind the bobbin but set the stitch length to 3.5. That was PERFECT.
I made a little skirt for AM with some jersey knit fabric that I had intended for me (but I didn’t buy enough). But I totally f’ed up the skirt. However, it gave me confidence to work with elastic thread. But I still didn’t want to tackle my maxi skirt. I bought new fabric for the maxi skirt but let me tell you… jersey fabric is not easy to sew.
The fabric I used was an old crib sheet. We were gifted this crib sheet and I accidently ripped it trying to put it on the mattress. But in my crazy “I hate waste” mind, I couldn’t bring myself to throw away the sheet. I knew I’d find a way to repurpose it and I’m so happy that I did.
I ran into some difficulty sizing this dress. Shirring fabric entails bunching fabric together. The pattern recommended cutting the fabric to be 1.5 to 2 times the width of the actual size we wanted the dress. And I did that. But it was huge. I had to cut this dress down twice and even so, I feel that the top is a little too wide.
Oh – and this was the first time I tried to sew with bias tape (double fold). I definitely winged it and while one side looks pretty good, the other side is pretty bad. I read some tutorials on sewing on bias tape (after I had completed this dress) and realized I did it all wrong. Oh well!
She loves playing with the remote controls.
A little over the shoulder glance? She’s a natural model!
I realize it is probably weird that I’m snapping photos of her in the bathroom. I probably should’ve chosen a more appropriate location.
I’m probably going to make another one of these dresses in different fabric and I’m hoping that it won’t take me several hours/days to complete.