Happy tuesday guys! Its getting chilly and gloomy in london, however let’s not pull out our black and grey pieces just yet. I am one to wear bright colors even in winter, hey, why not. When I started making this skirt, it was going to be a basic mini skirt but ending up adding a peplum to the hem. Love that it’s a good addition to my church wardrobe. If you are interested in seeing how I achieved this skirt, check previous post. Hope you are all doing well.
Hi guys! Hope you are all doing well. Apologies I haven’t been able to shoot and post outfits on here, as London has been rainy and grey, hopefully will that done over the weekend. Today Iam sharing how to draft a skirt pattern. This is basically the foundation, from this you can branch out to make different designs.
You will need:
-Chalk or fabric marker
-Pins or washers
-Matching Zip and thread
And of course your sewing machine and steam iron.
Note: I am working in inches
Measurements: Waist and hip measurement + waist to hip, hip to hem
Always fold your fabric right sides facing and draft on the wrong side of the fabric.
Fold fabric in half, smoothening any wrinkles to ensure the fabric is flat. Mark a straight line 1 inch along the fabric as shown in the picture, this is your waist line. From the waist line, insert your hip measurement and mark a straight line along as shown. Determine your desired length of skirt and mark a straight line as well.
So waist measurement is the smallest part of your waist, to make it easy bend your upper body to the side at the point where the waist curves in is your line. The figure you get, divide that by 4 + 1″
E.g 34/4=8.5+2. 1″ is for seam allowance, 1″ is for the dart.
Mark the waist figure from the fold.
With your tape measure at the hip line, measure the fullest part around the hips. The figure you get divide by 4 + 1″ seam allowance. Join waist to hip to hem (from the hip-line substract 1.5″ at the hem to make it tapered). Use the curve ruler if you are very curvy, as you see on the above picture. As I am not curvy I had to bring the skirt in. It didn’t fit well on the hips.
Follow the same step as the front piece. Except!(cut along the fold to create 2 separate pieces). Add 1″ for the zip allowance. So your back piece should have 3″allowance (side seam, dart and zip allowance)
Darts; Mark 4″from the fold and half an inch on both sides. To determine the length of the dart, mark 2″ above the hip-line and join the lines as in the picture. Cut, pin darts and sew.
From here, place the zip on the back pieces and notch where you want to zip to end and sew from this point downwards, don’t forget to back stitch. Pin the two sides, check fitting and adjust! If you happy, sew the sides, add waist band(optional), attach zip and zig-zag or serg the edges. Remember, always press the seams. I added a peplum to mine.
Hi guys! Wishing you all a wonderful wednesday. A maxi skirt is one of those pieces that should be a staple in every woman’s wardrobe. Its been on my sewing list before I even started sewing (is that actually a thing?). Its simple, fuss free and I see myself pairing it with a classic white T or shirt stacked in for the warmer months. For autumn, I will be layering to keep warm if you know me, I can not stand the cold. Honestly there’s endless ways to style a maxi skirt, experiment basically. I used the freehand cutting method for make this. Hope you all have a lovely week.
Hi guys! Hope you had a good start in the week. I have been nursing a cold the past few days, I feel much better thank God. In this post I am reviewing this vogue pattern . When I saw the pattern, I fell in love with the neck as it has this victorian vibes. A light weight fabric was recommended but of course I opted for ankara just because I couldn’t help myself. As I was assembling the pieces together I realized that the fabric was quite see through so I added a lining to the body. The belt gives it a more fitted look. As autumn is here, I will be including this more in my wardrobe.
Pattern description: Loosing fitting dress
Pattern sizing: 6-14, 16-22
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, its an easy sew.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I fell in love the neck, it has this victorian vibe to it and the patterns pieces are minimal because some times it can get overwhelming.
Fabric used: Ankara cotton woven
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made? I added a lining to the body as this ankara were suprisingly a bit see through and also shorten the hem.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes
Hi guys and happy monday! I made this beautiful bold ankara print when I attended a freehand cutting workshop. Having learned making dresses using a patterns, I wanted to explore the traditional way using measurements. To be honest it was a little tricky at first but with time I get more confident, haha. Freehand cutting gives me the boldness to custom make outfits.
I’m so in love with this dress, can’t get over it. The ankara fabric is light and yet of good quality. I paired it with these color block sandles. Thanks for taking your time to check out my blog. Hope you come back soon for another post.