Saturday, 30 July 2011
Yey I did it!
Back in May I was lucky enough to win a meter of fabric from the lovely Claire's Patch Fabrics facebook page. As I am still borrowing my friends sewing machine I really wanted some fabric to make little Sweetpea a skirt out of. Claire was not only kind enough to give me the fabric (click the link above, she has some scrummy fabric) but she also gave me a link to a skirt tutorial that she said was easy - click here for info.
So the fabric arrived and it was gorgeous, in fact it was too gorgeous as it has taken me this long to pluck up the courage to cut into it :-) Well last night was the night I decided that yes I could cut the fabric and yes I could get that sewing machine whirring !
I printed off the instructions, read them, re-read them, tried to make sense of some of the sewing jargon and got on with it. It was quite easy, I think the hardest part was trying to get everything straight and then adding the ribbon at the end (which I would personally add at the beginning in future - not sure if there is a reason why it is added at the end as I am no seamstress :-)). Also another hard part was getting little Sweetpea to stay still to check the elastic was the right length for her ickle belly - she ran off when I was trying to do this and nearly bungeed back down the corridor whilst nearly breaking the stitching I had just done!
It came out really well (well for someone who has never sewn a skirt before), and I love the ribbon detail at the base of the skirt.
My sewing was pretty straight but I do need to work on those endings where you have to go back and forth to lock in the stitches, they are rather hard to get perfect.
This is where the elastic went in and the bungee incident happened lol, not easy holding an excited youngster still whilst checking the elastic length.
But this is one happy little girl. Last night I finished it at about 10pm, first thing this morning she was up with her jim-jam top on and her new skirt, she had to put it on right away! :-)
I am really chuffed that I finally did it !