FO: My first sewing project!

Written by Sarah on August 13th, 2012 Posted in sewing, skirt, style, summer

Dear Knitting, I have not forsaken you. I still love you! I’m still here.

Let me back up a little. Remember that time that I said that I was terrible at sewing and ironing was really turning me off of the whole process? Well, I finished the skirt that was such a challenge. And, I must admit, the finished piece doesn’t look like a mess. In fact, it doesn’t really concede much of the struggle I was going through. And I could twirl in it.

I showed it to my grandma for inspection and she said that my seams weren’t too crazy and that it looked nice for a beginner. I take her word for it! She’s a pro. (She also gave me a resource book and some good tips for getting more comfortable behind the machine.)

Anyway, as promised, here are some photos of my first sewing project!

I paired the skirt that I made with this amazingly adorable Kate Spade shirt (it was a splurge but on sale so I went for it!) for my friend Katie’s bridal shower (everyone had to wear something white). It’s really fun pairing something I made as a newbie with a piece of designer clothing.

As I said before, sewing a skirt was a great jumping off point for me because it was quite uncomplicated (although I managed to screw it up, of course) but resulted in something that I could wear and show off. It wasn’t a tote bag or a pillow. It was something that I could add to my wardrobe which was very motivational for me.

The fabric is La Femme by Melissa Crowley that I bought at Purl Soho. I love the pattern. I don’t love that it feels so stiff. I think a few washes with some fabric softener will do the trick and if that doesn’t work, it’s time to put a lining in. (Adventures!)

I’ve been working on two other projects since the skirt. (More on that soon!) I’m really enjoying it, more than I thought I would. And I like the idea that I’ll be able to manipulate a sewing pattern perhaps with less trepidation than I would a knitting pattern. I’m pretty excited to say that, while I have not in any way, shape, or form given up knitting, I am embracing my new hobby.

As far as ironing goes, though, the jury is still out.

What’s the first sewing project you made? Were you scared? How did it turn out?!

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Comments (4)

  • Sherry
    August 13, 2012 at 7:39 pm |

    I still love that fabric. And it was so long ago I don’t remember the first project I made, but it was Grandma Elaine’s Necchi (Italian) sewing machine. I also remember a print sheath on medium purple (of course) cotton fabric that I made in eighth grade in sewing class. Classic, I wore it for years.You remember your Great-Grandma Kate and her husband (who died when grandma was 15 and grand Aunt June was 10) owned a Curtain and Bedspread store, Colonial Curtains on Springfield Ave in Newark, for years and years So you get that sewing gene from both sides too. 🙂

    • August 13, 2012 at 10:00 pm |

      And Great Grandpa Barney cut patterns, right? Maybe I’ve got it in my blood! 🙂

  • Ashley
    August 25, 2012 at 10:16 am |

    Um, those photos of you are gorgeous. (Props to Jon, but you soo pretttyyy) <3

    • August 25, 2012 at 11:33 am |

      Aww thanks! It’s all him, though!

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