First one... EVER
Got me a pattern today with my Christmas money, some fabric, thread, elastic, etc and when I got home tonight, started assembling my first homemade skirt.
Well, here's how it went... I saw some patterns that specified they were "for beginners"... and I was like pffft... I can do this... so I selected one that looks a little tricky. Actually, to those who are good at sewing, the pattern probably is quite easy, and the fact that this first timer managed to somewhat pull it off also speaks for it's experience level. Believe me, if I can do it ANYONE CAN! My wife picked out a very pretty green fabric that I looks pretty cool to me. When I got it home and began using it, I found that it was somewhat of a pain in the a_s to work with. It's somewhat stretchy and the ends kept curling while I was trying to run it through the machine, making for some somewhat sloppy seams. It's also somewhat heavy, which is perfect for this time of year, yet it also made it a little cumbersome to negotiate with my little basic sewing machine, that up until this point has only be used for some quick hems, and minor clothing repairs..... never the full deal.
Finally the skirt itself was put together, all I had to do now was just add the waist section with the elastic. This was the most tricky of the whole project, and I screwed up a time or two, on these steps, but I don't think it's much that any casual observer would notice.... save for maybe some sewing experts, but hey... a sewing expert I am not. And considering that I have absolutely NO training in this, never watched anyone do it growing up, and otherwise have had ZERO exposure to the world of sewing, I don't think this first garment is half bad if I do say so myself. Shoot, I didn't even watch any youtube tutorials! I just read the manual that came with the machine, and read the instructions on the pattern, then just starting putting pieces together!
Anyway, upon fastening the elastic thingamabob to the rest of the skirt, I realized that I had made one HUGE mistake.... no matter, I bent the laws of physics a little, and discreetly "took care of it"..... (don't ask) Thankfully this fabric is dark, and the texture of it is VERY forgiving to little mistakes. To put it more bluntly, your nose would have to be mere inches from my crotch to see this blunder.
Anyway... on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being something of store bought quality, and 1 being something... well... downright horrible... I'd give my first go a 3.5. It's got somewhat of a strange shape, and some even stranger seams.... but it does fit! And you know what.... this skirt now holds a special place in my heart. Although it may not be five star quality... it's something I made with my own hands, and I'll be proud to wear it out somewhere.
Now of course it's at rest in the photo, but you know any homemade skirt of mine will "open wide" at the hem. Suffice it to say... it's very roomy.
Homemade Skirt by Moon Shadow, on Flickr