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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

I Made it! Wardrobe (part 1): The A-Line Skirt

Part one in a photographic series documenting sewing my own garments over the last year-and-a-half.

I'm finally at a place where — when I look in the closet, or my dresser, or the dirty clothes — I see at least several garments that I made for myself. This makes me happy. Here is the garment that started it all: the A-line skirt. After reading on several blogs about the book, Sew What! Skirts, I bought it. The way the book is written appealed to my learning style. Yes, I did want to make garments that actually fit me. The book teaches you how to draft your own skirt patterns, including zippers. And, with a little extra encouragement from my mom, I finally got over my fear of the zipper. Once you can put in a zipper, you can make just about anything. I haven't gotten past the basic A-line, because it is such a perfectly simple skirt, but there are many more skirts to try in the future. So many things, so little time.

I'm trying to gather up names for the fabrics and will post them to my A-line flickr set as I find them. Leave a comment if you recognize any.

If you haven't seen my A-line skirt and zipper installation tutorial, it's over there, too.

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Blogger futuregirl said...

I love fabric number three. Too cool! You are so inspiring! I'm totally going to get that book someday and make skirts ... just like you. :)

Wed Jun 11, 02:43:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Gudrun Johnston said...

Okay you're making feel like I need to be brave and attempt some sewing...I LOVE those skirts...especially the birdy ones...I need to come and have a personal sewing lesson!

Wed Jun 11, 03:14:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Helen said...

They all make me smile, lovely! :)
Why go past the A-line skirt when it's so flattering to so many shapes?

Wed Jun 11, 03:26:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Cassi said...

Well, I've got the book but that's about as far as I got. Now you've inspired me to get out the measuring tape and give it a go - oops, now I just remembered why I've been putting this off! Yours look great, I don't think I could pick a favorite!

Wed Jun 11, 04:03:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous daria said...

great set of photos -- I love that book too, & you're inspiring me to dig it out again!

Wed Jun 11, 05:48:00 PM PDT  
Blogger mimulus said...

impressive! nine skirts! That top middle one is especially luvely.

Wed Jun 11, 06:57:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Knitsonya said...

Oh all the echino and vintage fabric! So wonderful. You have been on a clothes-making tear. I predict shirts as blog installment, part the second.

Wed Jun 11, 08:50:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Allison Fouse said...

The turquoise birdie fabric is by Joel Dewberry, and the pear + apple fabric is Alexander Henry. My favorite one is on the top right. I love that fabric!

Wed Jun 11, 09:54:00 PM PDT  
Blogger downstairs Designs said...

Top left, Etsuko Furyura Enchino collection; top center Bird Seed by Alexander Henry; 2nd row far right Apples and Pears by Alexander Henry..

All are lovely!

Wed Jun 11, 09:56:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Jessica said...

I was looking at all your skirts and thinking, "man, I hope she tells me where she got the pattern..." and then you mentioned the book, which I got out of the library last night! Hopefully this weekend will bring some skirt sewing time!

Thu Jun 12, 03:28:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous hannah said...

All of those skirts are fabulous! What a wonderful job, I am soo envious. You are an inspiration!

Thu Jun 12, 08:32:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Christina.Kimberly said...

I am reading S.W.S right now!
It is great.

Thu Jun 12, 09:46:00 AM PDT  
Blogger kate said...

My sis got that book for me last summer and I love it so much! And, like you, I haven't gotten past the A-line.

There are few things better than making your own clothes. Thanks for sharing yours!

Thu Jun 12, 03:54:00 PM PDT  
Blogger lera said...

Great skirts. I keep wanting to try the A-lines from that book, but I'm stuck on the wrap skirt now ...

Sun Jun 15, 02:24:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Cristin said...

You got some skills... I'd wear any of those skirts...

Sun Jun 15, 05:02:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous steph said...

you are too inspiring with all the skirts/ blouses...I feel I need to make one of my own now. Thanks for the peek! They're all so lovely.

Mon Jun 16, 11:28:00 PM PDT  
Blogger MOONSTITCHES said...

Oh, you are too cool. You are actually doing what I only dream of!
Love the photos, too!

Thu Jun 19, 01:31:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous judi said...

I really like your A-line skirts. It must be nice to have all those pretty skirts in those delicious fabrics that you have actually made for you and that fit like they are made for YOU!. That makes me want to do the same thing. I think I'll have to look into getting that skirt and trying it too. I like the t-shirts too. :o)

Sat Jun 28, 04:10:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Kelly said...

Your sewing projects (i.e. clothes!) are beautiful. So inspiring! There's nothing like a well-fitting skirt; these are so dang cute...

Fri Jul 04, 08:22:00 AM PDT  

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