Clothing · Sewing Projects

I made a skirt!

I made a skirt! It’s essentially a wearable muslin (check me out, knowing about these sorts of things. Vaguely knowing about these sorts of things) as I intend to make it again in some lovely turquoise corduroy. But I made a skirt and I will wear it to work.

the pattern is McCall’s M7022, view C. Boy, did I get confused about there being different views… Anyway, the pattern was chosen as I fancied a simple skirt to practice my mad sewing skillz on, and the fabric chosen because I bought an armful of pinstripe material from a charity shop and thought it looked suitably work like.

so here it is:

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Its a simple enough skirt – one front piece, two pieces for the back, a top yoke and a zip. But I am SO proud that I not only started it, but finished it too. Because I cried over this pattern. Really, I did. I mean, some of that might have been because of the sleep deprivation and the fact that the baby (who turns 1 soon so should know better) refuses to go to sleep and stay asleep in the evenings meaning I barely have the time to plug in the sewing machine never mind use it.. But… WHere was I?

Anyway.

I had a few stumbling blocks.

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Like here, when I was sewing in the zip and managed to break not one, but TWO needles.

Or this part of the pattern:

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Steps 21 and 22 I’m just going to call the WTF bit as I had no idea what was going on. I ignored it and just carried on. Let’s pretend it wasn’t important, and move on…

(do you see the baby monitor peeking out underneath the pattern? This was in the fifteen minutes or so the baby was sleeping. He gave me a bit of time to cry over the pattern steps before deciding to ignore it).

in spite of those stumbles, I finished. I put in a skirt and top stitched the hem and the top of the yoke. It fits, a bit bumpy where the zip meets the seam if the yoke & skirt but that may be down to the weight if the zip. But honestly? It’s brilliant because I made it and finished it. Woo!

more pictures:

Next project: make the skirt in turquoise corduroy.

then I’ve got a Sewaholic Renfrew kit (present from my sister for Christmas) and I’ve some natty flamingo fabric for a short sleeve top.

Huzzah!

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I am in actual love with my new sewing machine

This Christmas my husband gave me a new sewing machine. Not just a new-to-me sewing machine, an actual brand new new-from-a-shop sewing machine!

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This is my new Husqvarna E10 sewing machine. Isn’t she beautiful?

I got it a few weeks before Christmas but wasn’t allowed (boooo!) to open it before the big day. But then we were away for Christmas so I didn’t get to open it then either. And what with one thing and another (well, mostly due to the non sleeping baby) I’ve only just this evening set it up to sew.

and OMG I love it. It was soooooo easy to thread. I had a bit of a mare with the bobbin but once I understood how the front loading bobbin works, threading the bobbin was quick enough. And it’s quiet. And efficient. And quiet.

I will blog about the skirt I’m making, but just quickly here I’ll say that I’ve whiz zed through the initial three bits of sewing. With the old machine it would have taken me FOR-EVAH to sew even that, with lots of cursing and swearing and maybe a bit of a tantrum too. But with this? Well. I cut out the fabric pieces on Monday (bank holiday in Scotland. We get the 1st AND 2nd of January off for Hogmanay because we celebrate it so much. And if they fall on weekend days we get the next working day off. Score!) and decided to sew tonight. I threaded the machine up at 9.30pm and at 9.45pm I was finishing off the third and final seam I needed to do. The majority of the time was spent marvelling at the machine, stroking it a bit and asking my husband if he could believe how quiet it was (he couldn’t).

machine in action:

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Just LOOK at it. It’s so lovely.

But what will I do with my old machine? Well, I’m going to put it on freecycle like I did my machine-in-a-cupboard. I don’t need it and can’t keep it. Someone will make use of it, and hopefully with a bit of service and tlc they will learn to swear at it too.