It’s been years since I’ve sewed anything. After my grandmother gave me her sewing machine for my birthday last year I immediately went out and got fabric and a pattern for a skirt. My grand plans of cranking out one article of clothing after another quickly became apparent that it wasn’t going to happen- but by stealing moments here and there I’ve finally finished it! I won’t be winning any grand champion awards at the fair mind you, but for going 10+ years without so much as blinking at a sewing machine I’d say I did a pretty darn good job. Here was my process, step by step:
1. After realizing I didn’t purchase enough fabric initially I went back out and got different fabric- and enough of it. First thing was to wash and iron it:
2. I pinned the pattern on to the fabric.
3. And then I cut the patterns out.
4. I set up the panels as the pattern indicated to create the draping.
There is a lot of fabric!
5. I basted the panels together before switching to the sewing machine.
6. Then I ironed the panels into place.
7. Then it was time to learn how to use the new sewing machine. And this machine is way more high-tech than I’ve been used to.
8. I learned how to load the bobbin.
9. And also how to thread the machine. I practiced on a scrap peice of fabric.
10. The practice went well!
11. So I jumped right into the skirt.
12. After sewing up the pieces together I ironed the seams.
13. And even though the directions didn’t mention it, finished off the edges so they look nice.
14. Boom. Fantastic.
15. I sewed in the pockets- another new thing for me.
16. And sewed up the sides.
17. Then it came time to add the zipper and I had to switch out the foot and then figure out how to make the needle move over. On an computer in the machine. Also new.
18. Thank goodness for directions- and I got to sewing in the zipper.
19. Getting there!
20. Lesson learned: If you have a sewing machine with a computer in it- at least the version I have then when you turn off the machine the needle goes back to it’s default position. If you try to sew something with a different foot then the needle breaks and almost hits you in the eye. Good thing it was attached to the thread and couldn’t reach me!
21. Then I got to learn how to put a new needle in! The machine came with a little screwdriver for this purpose.
22. Zipper in. Check.
23. Likely not kosher- but I figured out the different thread pattern to use to close up the little area under the zipper without it puckering.
24. I cut out fabric for the waistband and ironed on the basting for it.
25. I ironed it into place. The directions were vague so I made this part up.
26. I pinned on the waistband to the skirt.
27. It makes a huge difference! I experimented in the back so the waistband overlaps itself.
28. Next I hand sewed on the hook on the waistband.
29. Looking good!
30. Almost done- sewing the hemline.
31. I cut off the extra, and cut off all of the extra threads, and gave it a good ironing.
I wore it to my family’s church Christmas Eve Candlelight service. LOVE.
The pockets make me happy! 😀
Happy sewing, and Merry Christmas!