Monday, August 19, 2013
52 craft projects // a polka dot skirt
I've been thinking and talking about learning how to sew clothes for years. Earlier this year I even bought two books on that topic and I was determined to get started right away. But then life happened and the books collected dust in my craft book shelf. When I was in Berlin with Sam last week I bought a cheap cotton fabric at a fabric market. Cheap fabric means it's not too intimidating to actually make something out of it.
It's a dark blue fabric with white-ish dots, kind of 50s style. This is probably the simplest skirt ever made: I cut out two pieces of fabric (I started using a free tutorial online but gave up quite quickly and decided to do my own thing), sewed the side seams, made a little tunnel for an elastic at the top and made a simple hem. I used a baby lock serger that made sewing the skirt really easy and quick. Sergers look really intimidating when you use them for the first time but once you get the hang of it it's fun and you can't stop dreaming up projects to make.
My mom got out a vintage 'skirt maker' (a tool to mark fabric on a person to make sure the skirt/dress has the same length all around) and puffed chalk on the fabric to mark the hem. A really simple yet genius tool! The chalk marks should vanish when I wash the skirt.
The fit certainly isn't perfect but it was fun to make and it's a great little afternoon project to get started on sewing clothes. Also, it's totally wearable (unlike e.g. my first knitted 'hat'...) and cheap. Huge thanks to my mom for helping me and letting me borrow the serger!
This is project #21 of 52 craft projects I'm attempting to complete in 2013.
You can see all the other projects I've complete so far here.