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Friday, August 23, 2013

When A Project Fails…A Modern Circle Skirt

Planning a retro themed party got me thinking I should wear a retro inspired outfit. I purchased a pattern at Joann’s for $1.99 and the Robert Allen fabric at a discount outlet for $3.00 a yard. The dress required 4 yards.

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I made the lined bodice first and it turned out so well.

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However once I attached the bodice to the skirt it just didn’t look….right. Sometimes that happens. I set the project aside for awhile and chose another dress for the party. A few days later I made two attempts to adjust some of the seaming but in the end I decided to not make a dress. So I shortened the zipper.

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I cut a rectangle of fabric 33” x 4” which was folded in half lengthwise and made into a waistband. I opted to hand sew the band closed so that no stitching would show. I learned hand stitching from my Grandmother Mary and she was an excellent teacher.

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My favorite touch is the vintage mother of pearl button that closes the waistband.

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This is my take on a modern day circle skirt. I paired the skirt with a blouse I found at H & M on the $10 clearance rack.

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I wore this to my first day back to school on Tuesday. You can definitely tell in the photo that I am not well. A summer cold has hit me full force.

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Do you sew any of your own clothes?


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Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Cute, cute Laura!
And for a sick gal you still look good. Feel better soon.
I should start sewing for myself again, I just sew for the wee ones.

Tee said...

Love your skirt! I make the majority of my clothes...alas when I attempted to find something to wear to work today I realized I need more tops/blouses!

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

I love that skirt! My daughter just made a skirt that she doesn't like but I think we can work with it. I hope you feel better!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

The skirt turned out beautiful! LOVING the colors!!!! And I hope you feel better soon!!!

My Cottage Charm said...

Very cute! Maybe you could put a band on the bodice and make a cute shirt too! :-)

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I haven't sewn clothes in ages, but I did make a lot of things for my girl when she was little. Hope you feel better!

Linda said...

Sorry you have a cold; you look great either way and I love the cute skirt!

In answer to your question... when Sarah wasn't in school and I was a stay-at-home Mom, yes, I sewed some of our own clothes. I was never seamstress-quality, but I did pretty well for being self-taught with a little instruction from my Mom. :) Someone gave me an old (free) sewing machine that I loved because I'm not all about the new models with fancy add-ons. Once I returned to work though, the sewing machine eventually broke for good, and I gave up making our clothes. Now, I don't even have the patience for it or the desire to attempt it again, but maybe someday... I did see some really cute skirts on Etsy where they were asking a lot of money and I was thinking - "these are just simple, elastic-waist summer skirts - sooooo easy to make!" So, I almost picked sewing back up right then and there....but I'd need a machine again, so maybe someday! :)

Happy Friday,

Redhead Sadie said...

I think it's lovely! Good save! And we need to get your other dress altered so you can finish it and wear it! And I LOVE the blue flats!!!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

You are definitely a fabulous seamstress, love your new skirt. Hugs, Marty

Vel Criste said...

Gorgeous Laura! You picked the right fabric and style!

Vicki said...

Cute skirt! When I was in HS I sewed my own clothes, and then when my kids were little I sewed a few things for them, mainly Halloween costumes. I have a brand new, never used sewing machine just waiting to be used when I have a place to spread out and sew! Hope you feel better soon. Summer colds in the heat of AZ are the worst :(

Dawna Motz said...

If I sewed my own clothes I could not leave the house!! You on the other hand, look amazing in your new skirt! I admire people that are so talented with the spool and thread! Hope you are feeling better.

Louise said...

The skirt is beautful. Such a lovely color. I LOVE how the top part looks, could you little peplum to it?

Feel better!

Jeanette Ann O'Donnell said...

I love that pattern and you made the bodice so beautifully too. A shame you couldn't finish it, Sometimes it's good to put it aside and come back to it with a fresh approach. You look really nice in the outfit you ended up with. Lovely skirt.
I sew as you know heaps of babies clothes,but when I make myself something,I'm never quite happy with it. I think it's the problem of fitting. I think you need someone else to fit it.

Hope you feel better soon. xx

SheilaG @ Plum Doodles said...

Your skirt looks lovely! I love the top, too- too bad you couldn't use it. I made some of my own clothes when hubby and I first got married, but haven't done any in years. I was never any good at adjusting the patterns to fit, so it was mostly a frustration for me. I do remember making a dress that had a full skirt, but I used part of another pattern to give it a straight skirt instead

Kelley said...

Very lovely piece on you. Well done. You look lovely in blue.

A: Yes, since I made my first-to-marry Baby's wedding day outfits (her three-piece ceremony ensemble-- Sabrina Ball Gown-inspired; her Going Away outfit), I've been sewing for myself again since taking a sabbatical from it in the ?the '80s?. The Firstborn married last week and my sewing machine was a great help once again to the MOB and the Bride. I so deeply appreciate this talent!

GSGreatEscaper said...

Peplum added to bodice was my suggestion too. I adore peplums and they come and go in fashion so quickly that you need to jump on it when they are in. Or, just finish it off and wear with a pair of flat front side zip pants in either white or black...for that Doris Day look.

Anyhow, the skirt is adorable and I am sorry about your cold.

Lorrie said...

I hope you soon feel better, Laura, and can rest a little over the weekend. Your skirt looks great - such pretty fabric.

Yes, I do sew my own clothing. That's why my wardrobe is so small and limited, HA! I have more ideas and patterns than stick-my-self-in-the-chair-and-sew.

Denise said...

Darling outfit down even to the shoes.Such a pretty woman You are too.No,I sadly don't sew.I took sewing in Jr. high and also in My freshman Yr.of HS.My Mom taught Me how to sew straight shifts back in HS.She made a ton of them for Her daughters.In the mean time I just forgot how to sew I suppose because I never purchased a sewing machine.(straight shift)that's a word I haven't used since the 60s :) Hugs to You-Denise

Karen Albert said...

Laura I hope you feel better soon, are you overloaded right now?
The skirt is darling! Looks great on you.Can you do something separate with the cute top?

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Laura Turner said...

Oh, it's too bad that the dress didn't come together. I love the pattern and the fabric, but I must say, you salvaged it wonderfully!

Susan Nowell @ My Place to Yours said...

I hope you're feeling better, Laura. Your skirt looks great. Nice save! I haven't sewn anything for myself in many years, but then, I wasn't as talented as you in that department either!

I enjoyed catching up here tonight. Your birthday celebration looks like lots of fun! I hope it's a wonderful year for you.

ImagiMeri said...

I can never tell when you're sick pretty lady. You always look so lovely. Your skirt is SEW pretty. I can't wait to see you Friday.....yipee a play day with Laura.

Love ya'

Kit said...

Very nice! Sorry about your cold, get better real soon. Kit