Tuesday, September 21, 2010

drumroll please....

Guess what I wore to church on Sunday?

Oh, yes, my skirt!  It's the first clothing item I've made from scratch, so you'll have to forgive me for being a bit proud.  And, surprised.  As in, "Really, I made that?  From... fabric?"  Duh.  And, don't forget the zipper and thread. 

Natura Skirt finished!

Nope, I can't hide it, I'm still amazed.

As I feared, it was pretty tricky to get the hem straight.  I was nervous that I would have to cut off too much of the printed fabric (Natura by Alexander Henry), which is why I planned on a peak-a-boo lining.  It was a happy accident that the lining was a few shades darker than then neutral I used for the waistband.  Ya!  In the end I decided to be happy with a straight-enough-hem.  And that's the nice thing about sewing for myself.

and a pumpkin.  because it's fall.I started this skirt at the Skirting Couture workshop with Anna Maria Horner.  Anna suggested a gather at the rate of 2 times the circumference of the yoke (the part where the gathers are attached).  For my body, it's too much fabric right at the hips.  Next time, I'll cut fabric at 1.5 times the circumference of the waist band and try gathering at the front and back, but not at the hips.  My favorite (now Alabama Chanin-afide) gray skirt is gathered like that and it's soooo flattering!

Hello, pumpkin! Our garden is a pumpkin maze. Today is officially the first day of fall... but I think it's about 90 degrees out. Sigh...


  1. Your new skirt is just gorgeous! One of these days I'm going to have to try some garment sewing. And love the new blog, looks wonderful!!! :)

  2. Gorgeous!!!! Your skirt came out so great!
    I also like your perfect pumpkin;)

  3. The skirt turned out great! You definitely made the right fabric choice! :)

    Congrats on the new blog!

  4. It looks great! I still have to hem mine, gotta get my hubby roped into the whole plunger thing. Hee hee. I think I might use a yardstick instead. :-D

    I REALLY want to do the quiltalong, but don't know if I'll have the fabric by then. I have a new advertiser so I may be able to use ad $$ to buy the fat quarters... I need 10 right?

  5. What a cute skirt! You did a great job!

  6. So cute, Rachel! Hoping this comment works!

  7. Hooray for the skirt, www.stitchedincolor.com and the pumpkin! They all look fabulous!

  8. Hi, I just went through your Flickr photos. Love your photos and the things you make.

  9. This looks gorgeous Rachel! Wow. I love the peek-a-boo lining. It really does compliment the pattern perfectly! And no, I have NOT even lifted mine out of the nicely folded spot I placed it right in after the workshop. You have inspired me though!

    p.s. The new site is FAB-ulous!


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